For many, the turn of a new year marks a short lived sprint to health and fitness goals that will only be met by dissolution that says, “meh, I’ve tried that and it was too hard and didn’t really work”.
For most reading this, you’re well ahead of that curve and already doing really big things. So my encouragement is this: Yes, it may still take that one day a year to reset and review old goals and set some new ones. I’m not knocking the well intentioned notion, but why not begin those resolutions today? Why put them off for another two weeks? You can always find an area that you can be a little better in, don’t you think?
During this Christmas season, I encourage you to stick to your training programs, stick to your diets, stick to the things that have gotten you a little closer to your goals this year. Then find just one attainable area that you can be better at today – don’t put it off until tomorrow.
I always found it easier to make good decisions when I had a goal in mind. To me, that goal was valuable enough to see the bigger picture of the consequences (good or bad) of the choices I made. I guarantee you someone, someplace, is weighing a similar decision. And that hard decision to choose the healthy meal or not skip the proscribed training workout is why ordinary folks with a bit of talent can achieve extraordinary things. Don’t be afraid to be the hardest worker in the room with the biggest goals (and I don’t mean how many trips can you make back to the dessert table in under 30 seconds). Stand out from the crowd and be proud of the work you’ve done and where you intend to go.
I remember exchanging emails with Coach Andy several years ago while in Australia training with their national team and racing the Christmas Carnivals which took us to 4-5 different tracks from Melbourne to Tazmania. We encouraged one another from afar and I hope to do the same for you whether through this message or in person.
Merry Christmas BPC gang – proud of you all.