It’s the middle of July, the middle of the summer, and we’re smack dab in the middle of the year. Because of this, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate where you’re at in terms of goals that you may have set for yourself at the beginning of the year, whether they were hard and specific goals, or just thoughts you may have had floating around in your head.
I actually didn’t set any “resolutions” this year, or for the past few years for that matter. What I tend to do each year is take a little while to think about where I’ve been, where I’m at, and what I want to accomplish in the next several months. Sometimes I stick to these goals and make them happen, other times I realize at some point down the line that it’s not exactly what I want to be doing.
For instance, several months ago I set a goal, or an intention, that I wanted to at least entertain the idea of training for and entering a power lifting competition. Throughout this year, however, my fitness goals have shifted slightly, and I’ve taken on a few new activities into my repertoire. I have been spinning and running a lot more, in addition to strength training. This is great and has been making me very happy, but what it doesn’t do is make a good power lifter. I’m not at maximal strength right now, I’ll be the first to admit it, as I’ve realized that I’m just not interested right now in focusing my training on just one aspect.
This is also the perfect time to think about the goals that I am in the middle of pursuing, and reevaluating whether or not I’m doing as much as I want to be/should be doing. Now, this is a very subjective practice, so it’s important to understand that it’s not up to anyone else to let you know whether you’re doing enough. You have to decide what your priorities are, what you are willing to do to achieve the goals you have set, and if it is in fact something you wish to keep pursuing.
Take, for example, Rondeau Group Fitness. Starting this fitness group was one of my main goals this year, and here we are, in the 6th week of bootcamp already! Yes, I started the classes, and yes, I’ve continued to work on it throughout the summer, but is it enough? Am I doing enough to progress this goal even further? To be honest, I know I need to be doing more, and there are a lot of things on my agenda, but I am truly, honestly proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.
I’ll tell you one goal where I’m not quite up to where I want to be– and that is on this blog. I have not been writing nearly as much as I had hoped to this summer, and I’m not sure if that means that I’m busy having a wonderful life outside of the blog or if I’m just not putting enough energy into it? Maybe it’s a little combination of both, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I think that blogs are kind of like that in nature, unless it’s your full time job, they have a natural ebb and flow — well, this one does any way. But just because I haven’t been writing as much as I intended to, does that mean that I’ve failed my goals? Honestly, I don’t think so. There have been some other pretty incredible things taking up my time and my brain space, so I’m not going to stress too much about it.
Looking back over the last few months, and forward to the next several months, I must say that I think I’m in a pretty good spot even though I haven’t done everything I wanted to at this point. Goals change, priorities change, and life throws curveballs sometimes. The most important thing is just adapting and staying true to your long term vision of yourself, even if there are a few hiccups along the way.
Readers: Did you set any goals at the beginning of this year? Which of your goals have you accomplished and which are you still striving towards? Are there any that you’ve realized are not quite right for you?