Some people are motivated by rewards. Some people are motivated by fear. Others are internally motivated. Me? I’m motivated by public shame. I do not want to be embarrassed, and that’s what typically gives me the push I need complete things.
It helped keep me focused when I trained for two marathons in my younger years. I joined Team in Training, which, in exchange for participants raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, provides coaching, support, and organized, group training runs. Those group runs were critical for me – in particular the weekly “long runs.” Knowing that I would be running 16 miles with a group on Saturday, helped keep me motivated to train on my own throughout the week. I knew I’d never be the first, but I really did not want to be the last person to finish the long runs.
What does this have to do with my 2017 goals? I’m going to use it to help keep me on track with my goals. I’ll be sharing monthly check-ins on my progress to keep me focused, and as a form of accountability.
(You can read more detailed descriptions of each of my goals here.)
Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read. In January, I read 2.75 books. I completed Lilac Girls, and I Am Not Myself These Days, and nearly finished The House of The Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. I also created this page to track my 2017 reads – current, past, and future.
Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones. I didn’t actually try any new activities in January, but I looked at the group fitness class offerings at my local YMCA, and got some great ideas. I’m particularly interested in spinning, “Strength Train Together”, and “Zen Sculpt.” I’m currently very out-of-shape, so I need some time to get into better shape, before subjecting myself to the public humiliation of a group fitness class!
Run at least three 5K races. No progress here.
Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less. I’ve been working more days per week than usual this winter, which means meal planning has been particularly important. My clear reliance on it helped me dread it a bit less in January, but I can’t say the same about cooking. I never enjoy cooking, and I’m even less enthusiastic about it after having spent the day at work.
How are you doing with your 2017 goals/resolution?
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