We are four weeks into the New Year and I have had some good time to truly reflect and consider what I want to achieve this year.

I am all about making goals and despite the dismal statistic that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are actually fulfilled, I still make them every year. In fact, a few of the goals that I have set for myself have already been achieved and I am going to share with you why:

I write my goals down- And I don’t just write them down once; I write them down almost every morning; at the very least I read them every day and I keep them in a visible place so that as my day begins they are the first thing on my mind and to keep them as the focus of my day, I ask myself the same question every morning, “What are you doing to work toward your goals today?” I believe that if people truly want to achieve their goals they must make them real; and ACTIVELY work toward them each day, no matter how small the step or how little the time…we must work toward our goals daily. Write them down.
I believe in the process- We live in a world of instant gratification; swift service, and we expect immediate responses. Unfortunately, we have lost sight of patience and the simple truth that “Good things take time”. There must be steps put in place; there must be a plan; and in order to complete that plan comes self-discipline to stick to the plan. It’s hard work! Day in and day out, it may take weeks, months, years depending on the goal; but believe in the process and good things will happen.

I don’t quit when I fail; I fail well– I think it’s safe to say that I have failed more than I have succeeded in many areas of my life; however, I don’t let those failures define me; in fact, all those failures have shown me again and again that I am not afraid to try; and the wonderful thing about trying and trying again is that I get to learn so many invaluable lessons within each failure that I not only grow as a woman but I gain a wealth of experience and knowledge along the way. It’s amazing how many times I have recalled upon a failure as a source of strength and wisdom to reach a later goal; which in turn fuels me to keep trying more; it’s a beautiful cycle. Fail well.

My reason for sharing that with you is to offer a little encouragement on how you too can achieve your goals; I believe you can; and I want to add an additional note about YOUR goals: aim high and choose goals that make your heart sing.

Anyone ever ask you that question? “What makes your heart sing?” I came upon the question while reading last week and it immediately made me smile. I love that question. How often do you take time to ask yourself these sorts of questions? They are so beneficial and only require a few moments of your time. You can think about this question while you’re driving, taking a shower, before falling asleep or; my personal favorite time to think and meditate- while running. If you choose goals that are centered around the things that make your heart sing; you’ll find you have more natural enthusiasm and motivation to achieve them. And please know, I’m not just talking about running goals folks! We all have unique gifts and talents and typically those unique gifts make our heart sing because it’s likely part of our very purpose here on earth. I encourage you to take a day or two and write down the things that make your heart sing and you’ll then have a great starting point to formulate your goals.

My #1 Goal: Intentional Steps

Intention- The thing that you plan to do or achieve; an aim or purpose.
Step- A movement made by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place.

While studying last week, I was drawn to the definition of “step”, it’s so simple yet so symbolic of the year I aim to have. When I started the process of writing down my 2017 goals a few glaring desires continually popped up: I wanted change; growth; and new opportunities, so when I began studying this word it embodied much of what I wanted and it was defined in the simplest way. I also, think it’s a word we can ALL relate to; it’s even capable of offering a bit of encouragement: Just pick that foot up and put it down in a different place my friend. Isn’t that wonderful? Any goal or dream we are trying to achieve requires steps; and we must “move” in order to make them happen. Taking a step requires movement and as humans we most naturally and most often step forward. This simple action is something I want to be INTENTIONAL about in every area of my life. I don’t want to step aimlessly; I want to have a purpose in the steps I take; I want them to be meaningful; and so I added the word “Intentional” to this goal.
Intentional steps in my training, racing, writing, speaking, relationships, mothering, traveling, communicating; I want to make the most of this year in every possible way. Being intentional requires energy; well-thought out plans, self discipline, and dedication; all things I am continually growing in. I don’t think this goal will be an easy one to keep; but I’m up for the challenge. It excites me to think of how fulfilling this year will be if I keep my steps intentional.
In closing, I want to encourage YOU as you work toward your goals; I say this with the belief that you already have goals in place, but regardless if you truly do or not, I think having goals for yourself is also a way to see the value in yourself; and I believe EVERYONE is valuable. So go ahead, reflect on “What makes your heart sing?” and write down those goals; and know that it’s never too late to work toward them or as C.S. Lewis famously quoted, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Wishing YOU all the best in this NEW year my friends; may your steps move you toward your dreams each and every day!

*Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next post: My 2017 Racing and Adventuring Schedule!