The other day I talked about it being time to make a plan. I’ve been reading the posts from the 30 Days series and there’s just one problem; I haven’t been following through. I haven’t been doing the exercises and enacting the strategies.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been doing things, but part of the 30 Days commitment is working through the challenges. They are practical steps to help me map out my goals (you too if you want to start now!).
So today I’m going to take some time to work through some of these exercises and create my map.
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Changing the game is scary. Not just scary but a little overwhelming. There are new people encouraging me, I’m doing new things and for all I can tell, I’m going to new places.
What I need to do now is get specific. I’m starting to realize that while I wrote down a basic outline for what I want to do, I haven’t implemented any plan.
And guess what, people have been telling me this for months.
“What’s your plan Kimberlee?”
“Kimberlee, you need a plan.”
“Take baby steps.”
“Choose a project.”
“What’s does it take to get to your goal?”
So I’m thinking I need a plan.
Today I went to a lunchtime workout. My first pilates class. It was right on time too. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and in need of some sort of stress relief. Since making the commitment to a healthier lifestyle (and today’s workout), I’ve been itching to get started.
Just before noon, I got a ping from one of the other editors: it was time. We changed clothes and piled into the car and headed over to the studio.
I don’t know what I expected, but I was neither surprised nor disappointed by the level of difficulty of the class. While I still have an athletic build, I knew right away that this would be a challenge. The instructor could tell I was a pilates noob and modified some of my positions during the class.
When it was over I had more energy and felt happy. My abs started to feel sore before the work day was over and by the time I left work, I was crashing.
I didn’t mind though. I felt good and I was actively working toward one of my goals for this year.
Today was a productive day.
Today is day 3 in the 30 Days to Changing Your Game Series. The subject? Sabotage. As I read what Carla Young had to say about the lies we tell ourselves and being afraid of success, I realized that I have sabotaged myself over and over. And right there in the comments, I admitted that failure is familiar territory for me.
Why should I be so closely acquainted with failure? I consider myself an overachiever. In college I was disappointed when I got anything less than an A, I even negotiated a D to a B all because I thought the professor was trying to grade me based on her dislike for me personally. Mediocrity is not something I aspire to.
But somehow I’ve often gotten paralyzed with the fear of what might happen if I tried and didn’t succeed.
It’s so much easier to just get by, to do just enough. It takes real courage to push through the fear and jump off the ledge trying to accomplish your goals.
So today’s commitment: I’m going to stop sandbagging. I need a little discomfort to get where I want to go. And since accomplishing my goals means embarking on unfamiliar territory, fear is par for the course.
Its time for me to escape mediocrity. I’m so glad to be part of a new tribe, a new network of people supporting my growth and the accomplishment of my goals.
I leave you with my horoscope for today:
The most important thing to remember about this Saturn transit, Leo, is that the actions you take and even more importantly the words you speak will have effects that last for a long time. Saturn, in your solar chart is in both a sign and a house where it is very comfortable. Over the quarter of a decade that Saturn remains there, you may find yourself networking with (or thrown into the neighborhood of) people who are well established, and very practical. You won’t find this time dry or dull, because many goals will be accomplished with their support.
I used to be very active. I started swimming when I was four and began competing by the time I was five. Growing up, I often spent the entire summer at the pool: lessons in the morning, free swim in the afternoon, swim team practice in the evening.
In high school we often had two practices a day: two hours in the morning, two hours in the afternoon. In city college, I played water polo and joined the swim team. Once I got to the university, I wasn’t able to join the teams (some NCAA technicality) but I enrolled in swim fitness classes and swam two or three times a week.
Since I didn’t have reliable transportation, I usually caught the bus or walked everywhere I needed to go. I was athletic and had lots of energy.
Once I graduated college, I spent most of my time in the house and rarely ever exercised. I began living a sedentary life.
This year, I want to change that. No, no, it’s not a resolution, it’s a necessity.
For most of my life I have lived a relatively healthy lifestyle. And then suddenly I just stopped. Despite saying I wanted to work out and lose weight and be fit, I continued to do nothing to make those things happen. I made excuses: I only like swimming, I don’t like walking or running, I can’t afford a gym membership.
The time for excuses is over.
Starting this year, I’ve decided that I have to put my money where my mouth is. I’ve got someone willing to join me in my fitness quest and we’ve already made a plan for classes and activities to do together.
Baby steps right?
I think I’m on my way.
I’m a goal oriented person. I always need something to be working toward. If I’m not working on something, I feel lost. But sometimes even when I have something to work on, a goal to accomplish, I still feel lost.
See, the problem is that I’m a big picture person. I get paralyzed wanting to do something grand; some big piece of the big picture. And wanting to do something big, I get stuck in my tracks.
The other day I talked about a baby step. I was so stressed and focused on a project due at the end of the day, I forgot to take the one small step toward one of the goals I have for the year. And I was kinda beating myself up about it. After beating myself up, I decided, I wanted to do something bigger.
And there I am in this cycle of wanting to do something grand, getting stuck because I’m not quite ready for the grand gesture and remembering that every goal must come with a plan.
Now this doesn’t mean a well laid plan; I just mean goals always come to fruition in phases. So I let go of my guilt and decided to take that missed baby step a few days later. The only way to get to my desired goal(s) is to start moving, and move I started.
And it felt good.
Tomorrow, I’ll take another baby step toward my goals.