Small Goals, Big Accomplishments
Monday, November 25, 2013
I don't like to set long-term goals for myself. I don't plan on losing 10 more pounds by the end of the year or doing a Half Marathon on New Year's Day. My goal for tomorrow is always to be happier than I am today (and sometimes I just don't know how that's possible; it's a good life today!) My goal for 6 months from now looks pretty much like my goal for tomorrow; each day better than the last.
I do set small, achievable goals for myself, things that I know I'm capable of accomplishing. A little over a year ago, I made a list of 4 things I could do every day and for the most part, I've been successful.
I keep my fitness minutes goal at 500 per month. I know that for some of you this is quite low; I've seen some of you get those minutes in within the first couple of days in a month!! For me this is a number that works throughout the year regardless of weather or circumstances. I know I can achieve this. I also know that the month of August is a crazy busy month for me and if I lose my exercise streak during that month, I'll be OK with it.
I've gotten lazy over the last couple of months. As expected, I didn't make my minutes goal during August but September was outstanding. October came and I barely squeaked through. October? There was no good reason for that. With help from the Low-Carb 50's team Challenge for November, I decided I would get some activity in EVERY DAY even if it was 10 minutes.
As I write this, I'm at 740 minutes. It's been funny how this has all worked out. I'm suddenly finding time to walk around the block in the afternoon or seeing an extra 5 minutes to try out some new abs exercise. I haven't formally scheduled my exercise time, I'm only recognizing and taking advantage of the opportunities that appear.
Yesterday, while I was on FaceBook I was checking out one of my favorite consignment shops. The owner posts photos of all her new acquisitions and something caught my eye. (Inspiration can most definitely come from anywhere!!) There was a plaque for sale with this quote:
"You can't cross the sea by staring at the water."
These days, I am living The Spark. Somehow, my tiny and achievable goal became something bigger. I'm crossing the sea in small steps with complete faith in where I'm going. It takes me a little longer but oh, what progress I'm making!!
On this new day of a new week, what Spark will set your fire burning today?