Sunday, January 3, 2016

Work In Progress

“New Year, New You” seems to be the theme every time January comes around.  With feelings of a fresh start, we think that this will be our year.  Gym attendance skyrockets and many set out to make changes.  Somewhere along the way, however, whether it be months, weeks, or days into the new year, people tend to settle back into their old routines and habits.
            Changes don’t happen overnight.  It doesn’t work like a light switch, and we shouldn’t expect it to.  Instead it’d be better to consider ourselves to be under constant renovation.  If we are not continuously working on bettering ourselves, we become stagnant and settle for a lesser version of ourselves than what we are capable of, and what we would like to be.  Challenges are healthy for us.  Being stretched can be painful, but the reward is great.
            I am not yet the person I desire for myself to be, and I will always have something to be working on.  This goes for all areas of my life.  Some I have already been working on, while others I need to be more intentional about.  As a mother, I desire to grow in patience: slowing down and enjoying my time with the kids in whatever stage they are in.  Even more than that - patience for the times when I feel like I’m going to lose it.  As a wife, I desire to be more intentional about feeding my husband’s love language.  Spiritually, I desire to be in Word and prayer as a regular part of my daily routine.
As a coach, I’m attending clinics and regularly reading as much as I can, and trying to take advantage of the knowledge of those around me so I also grow in knowledge.  As an athlete, I’ve been lifting regularly this off-season, been getting regular chiropractic care, and my goal is to get much, much more sleep this year.  My current read is “The Power Meter Handbook” by Joe Friel.  I’m learning a lot and it makes me excited for this upcoming season!
In all the busyness that is life, it’s easy to be complacent.  It’s also easy to make too many goals, or ones that aren’t SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).  What are YOUR 2016 goals and how will you accomplish them?

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