It is officially 2014. I’ve allowed for a day to settle in to the new year (a.k.a. the day where we take all the Christmas shit down and I can take back my living room) before throwing up a beginning of the year post.
Last night before I crashed I created a Google Doc which outlined my goals for 2014. Yes, I said goals. I hate the word resolutions because too often they are nebulous and unattainable. If you want to really achieve something and you are serious about it then set a measurable goal. Don’t tell me “I want to lose weight in 2014”, tell me “I want to lose 20 lbs in 2014.”
Do you see the difference between those two things? The first could mean anything from 1 lb to 100 lbs and there’s no way to judge what percentage of the way you go to achieving it. The second, gives you a set amount and therefor you can say at the end of 2014 that maybe you didn’t hit 20 lbs lost but you got 80% of the way there. If you want to see my measurable goals and my status towards them you should hit that Google doc. I’m sharing it publicly. I’ll update it as I make progress. I want you guys to share yours and keep them up to date so I can see where you get.
Nebulous and nonspecific goals are one reason why people fail. The other great reason is excuses.
“I’m too tired to go to the gym today.”
“I didn’t sleep well last night.”
“The kids are home on vacation and I don’t have time to workout or cook.”
“I’m still sore from yesterday.”
I could extend this list forever. Excuses make me insane. I can give people all the tools in the world and brain dump all my knowledge (which I’m happy to do for free even!). The one thing I can’t do is help them past their own mental blocks and excuses which keep them from succeeding. It’s frustrating for me especially when I spend time to help someone who is just starting out or needs diet/exercises ideas but the first chance they get they allow something small to be their excuse.
I have a million things in my life that could be excuses. I work in an industry that largely requires a 50 hour week, my husband works at least 50 hours a week if not more, I have two children under the age of 4, I have a 45 minute commute, I’m over 30 years old, I have pretty aggressive insomnia, I have a bad knee and a bad shoulder, the list could go on forever.
I decided about six months ago that I wanted to achieve certain things more than I wanted to make excuses. I started cooking on Sundays, removed all the processed carbs from my diet, and started lifting like I meant it. I get up at 4:45am Monday – Friday and go to the gym before work. On the weekend I’m up at 6am to lift before my kids get out of bed. I track what I eat, I keep account of how I feel and make adjustments as I go.
I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m lifting bigger than I was at 19, I can run further than I ever could during my more intense Judo years. I’m happy. I really feel like I’m going to hit those 2014 goals. All of that happened because I just stopped making excuses. When 4:45am hits and it’s cold and I slept poorly I put my feet on the ground anyway. I put my gym clothes on, grab my bags and get in the car. I force myself through the excuses. I feel good, I look good, I’m happy, and most importantly I’m proud of who I am and the work I’m putting in.
I hope all of you find the specific path to get where you want to go in 2014. Just remember, ain’t nobody got time for excuses. They’ll catch up with you and you’ll have nothing but regrets at the end of 2014.