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Thursday, March 13, 2014
As some of you know, I have taken the lead on a March Fitness Challenge. The experience has brought with it so many insights, discoveries, and is really building out a cool community ... it has been wonderful!!!
One of the things that came to my attention during the first two weeks of our challenge is how life events can really impact our journey to a healthy, active, balanced life. Just like most challenges, this one has a goal attached to it. Each participant has set a goal for the number of fitness minutes they want to complete by the end of the month. As we go along, I see all kinds of things that are really testing our goals.... physical conditions, travel, business trips, long hours at the office, kid-stuff, funerals.... you name it!
I have also seen it impact my own personal journey. I started the month getting in WAY more minutes than I expected. So I was flying right past my target. With this "success" came the temptation to slack a bit. As I realized this, I started thinking about the possibility of changing my goal. My first internal thoughts when this idea surfaced sounded something like this -- "What?!?!?!?! You want to change the GOAL?!?!?!?! But it is a GOAL and we never change those!!!!!!!! Why, that is madness I tell you -- absolute MADNESS!!!!". Then I realized something which I have seen often in my life in manaagement. Once a goal is set, some folks get SO focused on the goal, they lose sight of the OBJECTIVE.
In the case of our March Fitness Challenge, the OBJECTIVE is NOT to achieve a certain number of fitness minutes. It is to explore another tool (the tool being our challenge) that will help strengthen our abilities to live out our healthy and balanced lifestyle, not just for March, but for the rest of our lives. It is to give us encouragement to stretch a little beyond where we are comfortable and to create an experience where we actually succeed; instead of setting up for failure or, worse, a TON of stress that we don't need in order to reach a goal that we will end up hating in the end. It is also to create an experience where exercise is actually kind of FUN instead of something we dread more than the dentist chair.
As I ruminated on this, I decided to invite the folks that are engaged in our challenge to consider the idea of evaluating their individual goal to see if they want to change it -- either increase it because they are WAY ahead of schedule, or lower it because it is beginning to cause stress and concern that they won't be "successful". I also gave them "permission" to either change thier goal OR leave it as it stands. One thing about many people in our culture, changing our goals can make us nervous and uncomfortable. It is definitely thinking that is outside of a lot of peoples' comfort zones!!!! In granting "permission", so to speak, many people are given a green light to think outside the box a little and, at the very least, look at something from a different perspective.
Most of my SP friends have various goals set up for themselves in order to help them achieve a healthy, active, and balanced life. As you go forward into your weekend, I would like to encourage you to really look at your goals and see how close to target you are. If you find goals where you are either exceeding the goal or feel like you are falling short, give yourself permission to reset them. Some of you may be surprised at how invigorating this can be!!! It can really breathe new life into your journey :)