“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.”
As far back as I can remember I’ve been a goal setter. I was all over New Year’s resolutions; I’ve set goals to write more letters, lose a few pounds, clean the bathroom more, eat less sugar, spend less money, make more money, you name it. These goals would usually be set with much enthusiasm on the first of the year, the first of the month, or a Monday; I like the re-set quality of these dates on the calender.
I still set goals but my intentions and actions have a new objective.
I used to see goal setting-and achieving-as an all or nothing proposition; as soon as I “slipped up” I would throw in the towel. More often than not my “slip ups” were simply forgetting about my goals after a day or two, realizing my mistake a day or two later, and deciding that all was lost until the next Monday/1st of the month/New Year.
Ever since starting this blog my relationship with goal setting has shifted. Maybe it’s because I publicly state my goals each month. Maybe it’s because I am getting wiser with my years ;). Whatever the reason, I now use goals as a tool for self-reflection and motivation rather than a means to an end.
Take August for example.
On August first, I set the goals to run 2-4 times a week, strength train 3 times a week, do Pilates 2 times a week, and practice yoga “regularly”.
Today I reflected back on the month just passed and realized the following;
- 4 runs a week is a lot for me (never happened),
- after months and months thrice weekly strength training workouts, August was a month for twice weekly.
- as much as I believe in Pilates and love to reap the benefits, I have a difficult time prioritizing it!
- despite feeling like yoga was absent from my life for most of the month, I actually practiced sort of regularly!
- 3 runs a week-short distance for maintenance, medium distance with speed intervals, and long distance for endurance
- regular yoga
- regular dancing
- lots of walking, hiking, and biking
- 2 Pilates workouts a week
- gym classes!