This question of the week is inspired by a goal I set for myself this year to climb the difficult steep inclined rock wall at the gym. I’ve made a date with that wall every tuesday and week after week I’m getting closer and closer to reaching that goal.
Yesterday I psyched myself up. I was going to do it. I really was. “Today is the day” I told the husband.
I went to the gym particularly early for my cardio class, I eyed up that wall and I said to myself, “that’s it, today is the DAY! You CAN do this”. Then I proceed to gear up amongst the stares of people wondering what a 30’somthing is doing climbing a wall clearly meant for the ‘young folk’.
I told my spotter, “this is it, I’m going to do it!” and as I attacked the wall and made it about 1/3 of the way up I lost my grip and went flying in the air. All my hopes and motivation dangling right along with me. Man I couldn’t do it.
While I was lowered to the ground I felt like a child that was denied candy in the check out line. I had that pouty face on and I was just overall, disappointed.
Then I tried it again.
At this point in my (excessively long) introduction to this weeks question, I would LOVE to tell I did it. I made it up that wall and climbed it with strength and grace. But I can’t. :~( My goal was not attained this week.
And that’s OK! I think sometimes we focus too much on how we fail instead of what we have achieved. So this weeks question is about recognizing what you have accomplished. Really sit back and think about the goals you’ve made for yourself. Have you reached them? Theses goals don’t have to be only weight and scale related, what about mini-goals of avoiding soda for the week, or trying new foods, hitting the gym, taking family walks, or my favorite, shutting of the TV?
When we only look at a weight related goal (or in my case a wall related goal), we may get discouraged about a stupid number on a stupid scale and we forget about all the positive things we are doing for ourselves. All the things that are HUGE accomplishments. Those things are us REACHING GOALS!
So, what goals have you set and reached?
Let’s look at all we have accomplished and pat ourselves on the back today.