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A goal is a dream with a deadline.

February is a new month and I have a new goal.

Over the last few years, I have really begun to get to know myself better.

I know, some of you are thinking “How can she not know herself?” But really, I didn’t know myself.  I just did things, I didn’t pay attention to why I did things, or how to motivate myself to do things.  I just floated along, doing things, seemingly with no reason.

Finally, with time, and by using the skills I learned in my WeightWatchers meetings, I’ve come to learn why I do the things I do, and how to motivate myself to do the things I want to do.

One of the things that has become clear to me is that I require accountability.  accountability is what motivates me.  If I don’t have a deadline, or a goal, I will procrastinate.  Whether it be at work, or with my training, I am a master procrastinator.  As I write this post, I am sitting with my feet up on the coffee table, on top of the paper I should be using to write my flip chart for tomorrow night’s WeightWatchers meeting.  Yes, I even procrastinate in things I enjoy.

When it comes to my training, it dawned on my last year that if I am not registered for a race, I will come up with every excuse in the book not to train.  The answer to that was easy…. make sure to sign up for races to motivate training.

This year I was confronted with a new challenge.  The clinic night for my marathon training group now falls on a night I can not attend. I had to come up with a way to get the additional training runs I need , without the scheduled work outs and support of a group.   I had to figure out how to motivate myself.

So what did I do?

Well, step one: I registered for the marathon.  Step 2: I joined a gym 2 blocks from my office. Step 3: I put my work outs in my schedule. As for step 4, this blog post is step 4.

Step 4 is to set a goal each month for the number of kilometers I want to run that month and broadcast it in this blog.

Last month I ran 97.5km.  I wanted to go over 100km, but being sick for the last 2 weeks of the month killed that.

This month, my goal is 170km running & twice a week on the bike at the gym.

So there you have it… I am now accountable to all of you. Feel free to question me through out the month and ask me about my progress towards my goal.

What are your goals this month? what is your dream with a deadline? what do you want to achieve?

 

K.

 

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