A couple weeks ago, I met with the leader of my local business team, Kelly Bock, to discuss goals and daily action steps. Of course, this mentoring session was mainly focused on my business goals, but in order to operate a business properly, you must be taking care of yourself properly, too. (I mean — to do anything, this applies.)
Something Kelly gave me for homework was totally what I needed: Because she knew I struggle with getting up at what society looks at as a normal, healthy hour, she declared this intention for me: Since I want to work out six days a week, I must from now on get up at 10am and work out first thing, i.e., at 11am.
|Not me, or anyone else I know. I just like this photo 🙂|
This isn’t an arbitrary time, because I do personal training with Debbie every Wednesday at 11.
This one goal has completely changed my life! Last week, I managed to work out officially six days out of the seven, but probably actually all seven days, because on my “off” day, Saturday, we finally had a significant amount of snow to enjoy an outing to play outside! So Anthony and I christened the sled his mom had given me for Christmas and we spent an hour or two sledding and making snow angels. (I will post about this next.)
Now, prior to this, I was working out regularly, but the timing was all over the place. Some days I would squeeze it into the afternoon, others I would reserve for an evening class — very occasionally, I’d get up early for a morning class of some sort (typically yoga) — and sometimes, too, I’d bust out a session super-late night. I kept saying to myself, “I should just work out first thing to get it out of the way.” My time management skills were pretty atrocious.
But with goals, especially ones that require immediate action, you have to remember to clarify and keep it simple and measurable.
Specifying a workout must be done every day at 11am accomplishes that.
Muttering that I “should” work out accomplishes something, but it is certainly not as satisfying.
That said, I’m also completely finished with letting others make me feel guilty for not operating on their time. A friend of mine recently worked out at 6am one day. Good for her! But it doesn’t take away from the fact that I got most of my workouts in last week by 11am. (I say “most” because I’ve returned to my Zumba class, which is in the evening on Thursdays.) It’s a big deal for me, and that has nothing to do with anybody else.
I even got up at 9.30 on Friday and did my workout at 10! (Remember — the only person to ever compare yourself to is yourself.)
What are some concrete, specific goals you have for your own healing journey? Share with me in a comment below.
To our healing,