As we approach the end of January, do you remember those goals and resolutions you made just a few weeks ago?
For the past 8 months, I’ve been participating in Embergrey’s 12 Months of Bliss challenge where each month participants are encouraged to focus upon self reflection and self improvement with a specific challenge. January’s challenge was to simply focus upon one goal rather than a long list of tasks and resolutions. By focusing upon one goal, it is easier to stay on task and become successful. One goal can feel manageable while many can be overwhelming.
Although I have a list of goals for 2016, the specific goal I focused upon was establishing a more consistent workout routine. As my daily schedule changes, creating a morning workout routine would allow for the consistency that I need. The unfortunate nature of this need was that my workout would need to be at 5:00 am.
By nature I am a morning person (although not necessarily 4:50 am which is when the alarm goes off). I shared with my husband that this would need to be my new routine and at the same time he began a new routine of attending early morning boxing classes. Together we began to hold each other accountable.
To prepare for my workouts, each night I would choose which workout to do (DVD, treadmill or weights) and have it ready to go. Additionally, I prepared my workout clothes and shoes along with water to drink. I realized early on that it was best to have everything ready so that I could keep on task. This was my first step in beginning to own my goal of creating a new routine. Without fully owning a task, it can be easy to let it go.
As I review the past month, I have established a relatively consistent routine with my workout varying between running, weights or following a PiYo or other DVD. There have been changes made in regards to realizing Fridays may have to be my day off and at times I haven’t worked out as hard as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I have been consistent.
As I shared earlier in the month, creating new habits and routines takes time. I do not want to say I have totally developed a new routine at this time but I do feel I am on my way. This first goal of the year is leading me towards other goals that are on my list.
Take a few minutes to reevaluate your process towards the goals you established at the beginning of the year. Realize it is not too late to restart or make changes if you have not been successful. Own your goals and take the first steps.
Take some time to visit Emily and others who are participating in the 12 Months of Bliss Challenge.