In 2013 I had a clear game plan: exercise each and every day of the calendar year, 365 days total.
I stated my goal, chased my goal, and attained my goal. Victory was mine. And it tasted sweet.
When 2014 arrived, I found myself somewhat rudderless. I was committed to this new, healthier lifestyle, and determined to still workout 5-7 days per week, but that alone didn’t seem like it was enough to constitute a 2014 goal.
It certainly wasn’t enough to get me all excited, like I was when I kicked off my 2013 365-days-of-sweat journey. [Who wants to say, “I worked out 352 days last year!” No one, that’s who. Go big or go home.]
When I first explored how best to identify, pursue and write about my new 2014 goals in this post, I said I wanted to do “big things”. I wanted to challenge myself, on a monthly basis, to try new things, face my fears, and stretch beyond my comfort zone.
What I didn’t do, in stark difference to my 2013 approach, was to actually tell people what my big challenges were until after I had completed them. Bad form, Nanc.
Total chicken-shit approach. A complete cop-out on every level. #Fail
I was completely deflated when I finally came to the realization a week ago that I’ve been taking the easy way out. I hid behind my “victories” to deflect from the fact that I wasn’t even brave enough to have declared them goals in the first place.
Why though? …Especially given my previous success with a giant, publicly declared, BHAG.
I suspect it’s got something to do with having gone back to work, and having less personal time to pursue big goals. But more than that, I think it’s simply the fact that I hadn’t come up with a really great list of goals to chase.
And so I asked myself, is achieving a goal a true achievement if you never declared it to be a goal in the first place?
For me, the answer is no, so I’m changing my approach.
From April onwards, I will be declaring my goals for the month at the beginning of each month. Of course I will still provide end-of-month summary/recap posts to highlight the accomplishments (or missed/incomplete goals), ensuring full accountability.
Now this feels more like it.
So without further ado, I bring you:
My April 2014 goals:
1. Focus on running:
- Run at least 60 kms in April — with a stretch goal of 75 kms.
- Run a 10k race on April 26th or May 10 TBD
2. Focus on core conditioning:
- 30 days of planks: hold planks each and every day in April. Goal of holding a full, perfect form 2-minute plank by April 30th.
- Continue the 100 push-ups program (training is 3X/week)
3. Focus on yoga:
- 30 days of yoga: goal is to complete some form of yoga practice every day in April – even if it’s just a short yoga sequence in the morning.
- Practice the 20 minute “yoga for runners” program at least 2x/week to support the increased running this month.
The gauntlet has been thrown down, my friends.
Who’s in? Who wants to declare their own monthly challenges for April? I know my friend, Kerry at Winding Road already has.
If you want to join in on the action please link back to this post. The more the merrier. [AKA misery loves company]
I can’t wait to see what April’s bad-ass round up looks like.
*Quick note: wonky blogging schedule this week while I invade NYC. Should be back to normal next week. >