Big Scary Goals

Four years ago, my life looked very different than it does today. I found myself feeling trapped in one place in my life, and despite things looking decent on the surface, I was struggling in many ways. I am so fortunate to have a job that I love, but it is extremely demanding of my time and energy. I have a husband that I love, but marriage is not always easy, and stress can become overwhelming and toxic. I was wearing 35 extra pounds that had collected over the years, reminding me daily of my struggles. Roller Derby was always a great outlet, but my mind and body weren’t allowing me to be my best, making me feel less than effective on the track. I wanted more from life, but I didn’t know where to start.

Everything Changed with one Goal: I was going to take back my body and get fit.

This one pivotal decision has led to some pretty amazing things. Once I found myself on the path to health and fitness, I started to have the confidence to go after other goals as well. In the last three years:

  • I’ve lost nearly 40 pounds and have regained a love for my body. I have gotten involved in the sport of Triathlon, have finished and stood on the age group podium in multiple sprints and olympic distance races.
  • Last year, I committed to an Ironman 70.3 and far exceeded my own expectations for the race.
  • Now, I am training for a Full Ironman (140.6 miles) and am ready for the challenge of a lifetime.

Why do you need to know all of this? Because there is nothing special about me. Your goals and life may look different than mine (they might be the same too!), but you can achieve them as well and I hope that I can give you some tools today to help you to find your path to doing the things in life that you want to do.

Goal-Setting Step-by-Step

  1. Define your goal
    1. Be Specific
    2. Don’t set goals that rely on other people (unless they are working with you)
    3. No goal is too big or too small
  2. Find your Why
    1. What is driving you to this goal?
    2. This will be your motivation when things get tough
    3. Write it down! Put it somewhere that you can see it frequently
  3. Make a Plan (Schedule, Anticipate Challenges, Benchmarks- Break big goals up into several smaller goals/targets)
  4. Get your support system involved
  5. Commit and Act

Find Balance: Work/Life/Goals

  • Create a list of all the important things in your life
  • Prioritize the things in your day
  • Create a schedule with time set aside
  • Delegate things that you are able to
  • Eliminate things that no longer fit your goals (If possible)
  • Communicate with your close friends, family and your significant other along the way.