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. (I’m what the author Gretchen Rubin would call “an obliger”, based on her personality framework.)
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 using this motivation to help keep me on track with my goals. I’m sharing monthly check-ins on my progress to keep me focused, and as a form of accountability.
2017 Goals Check-In #6
(You can read more detailed descriptions of each of my goals here.)
Goal #1: Read at least 24 books that I truly want to read.
I spent much of June catching up on my huge pile of magazines. I read The New Yorker, O, Money, Vanity Fair, Kiplinger, Real Simple, Beekman 1802 Almanac, and Martha Stewart Living, plus the New York Times Magazine and the Sunday NY Times. I love all of them, but easily fall behind and acquire a towering stack of to-be-read magazines. I dedicated much of my reading time in June to paring down the stack.
I did read one book in June, though: The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love. Not surprisingly, it was about people with (severe) amnesia, and what neuroscientists have learned and are learning from them. This is brings my total number of books read in 2017 to eleven. You can see all of my 2017 reads – current, past, and future – here.
Goal #2: Try at least three new (to me) activities, preferably active ones.
No progress here this month – not surprising, given my comfort with and preference for the familiar… 🙂
Goal #3: Run at least three 5K races.
I ran my first 5K in June! I have no idea what my time was, since I forgot the start and stop my watch at the appropriate times, and didn’t check the clock as I crossed the finish line. But I know I ran it faster than I had been running this distance on my own, probably in large part because the course was extremely flat.
I’ll confess that I fell off the running wagon after that race, but with two more races to, I’ll be getting back at it soon.
Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.
Grilling season is here! I don’t know why, but I find dinner much more manageable this time of year. Grilling feels much less complicated: few ingredients are required, many things can be grilled, and clean-up is fairly minimal. It also helps that I’m out-and-about more during the warmer months, and great, fresh food is easy to come by.
How are you doing with your 2017 goals or resolutions?
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