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 #7
(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 read two great fiction books in July: Saints For All Occasions, and Every Last Lie. I started and gave up on one nonfiction book – Own It – and am currently reading another one, Is It All In Your Head? I haven’t finished the latter, yet, but I really enjoyed both of the fiction books. This brings my total number of books read in 2017 to 13. 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… 🙂 However, we’ll be going on our family vacation in August, and with activities like zip lines and bob-sledding available to try, I’m confident I’ll knock at least one more off my list.
Run at least three 5K races. Get 150 minutes of activity every week.
Even though we’re more than halfway through this year, I’ve decided to change this goal. I created the original goal of running at least three 5K races because I thought it would motivate me to run consistently. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t! Instead, I’ve decided to change this goal to one that my doctor reminds me of every year at my physical: get at least 150 minutes of activity every week. I think this will actually motivate me to achieve consistency much more effectively. And since I wear my FitBit daily and it tracks just this metric, it’ll be very easy to follow my progress toward this goal.
Goal #4: Find a way to dread meal planning/cooking less.
I’m still loving grilling season! 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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