Goal setting has always been important to me. You have to decide what it is you are working for or how will you know you have accomplished anything? Yes, I run for fun and fitness, but I set goals in terms of mileage and races. If I don’t have a running goal, I’m more likely to slack off. The same goes for yoga. I go to yoga for several reasons, but one of my goals is to one day be a certified yoga teacher.
I’ve been doing goal setting and creating inspiration boards and cards for a long time. My dad is a swim coach and always emphasizes the importance of setting personal distance and time goals with his swimmers. In high school I would write my academic goals on index cards and hang them in my locker, on my desk at home, and I even taped one above my steering wheel in my car. Having constant reminders that I would get 4’s on my AP tests, get a 4.0, etc. helped keep my focused on why I was working so hard. This drive and goal setting partially backfired for me in college. In college I would write my goal weight or unrealistic calorie goals on index cards. My goals were thin related and not healthy or realistic. I also created “thinspiration” boards that in the end only made me feel worse. This is the first time in a long time that I created an inspiration board that is truly inspirational. I can’t wait to hang it up in my room so I can see it everyday.
I have a long list of goals both long and short-term, but here are a couple of short-term goals that I’m willing to share:
- Run Crazylegs in the spring of 2011
- Run the Chicago Rock N Roll half marathon in the summer of 2011
- Get up the strength and courage to do side crow before the end of 2010
- Blog everyday
- Save more money