Haaaaapppppy New Year! It’s officially January 2nd, 2017. How are those resolutions and goals holding up? If I’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that goals require action. Don’t just set goals to make yourself feel better. Take action. Have a plan. 

 Hopefully you’re still holding true to what you promised yourself you would do this year. But one day is hard enough I guess. But no one said it would be easy. If you’ve already slipped up, it’s not too late to get on tack (since it’s only January 2nd and all). Don’t give up. Just remember it’s going to take hard work. But it’s worth it. 

For me, 2017 is going to be about ACTION. That’s my word. Because I’m pretty good at saying I’m going to do something, but then sometimes I have a hard time following through. And I’m learning that cool, nice things I say, or words on paper, don’t mean anything unless there’s action behind it. 

I throw words around all the time like, “Oh, yeah. That girl that’s going through a hard time.. I’m going to call her today and see how she’s doing.” And then I forget. But I thought about it. So, that’s good, right? NO. 

Or “I’m going to start tracking my food so I can make sure I’m actually eating what I’m supposed to.” And then I don’t. But the intention was there, so that counts for something, right? Nope. 

Or “Maybe if I write down or even instagram this super impressive, inspirational quote or verse, that will help me live it out today in life, the gym, or wherever I’m at.” But then, I’m human and life happens, and I don’t take action to actually live it out.

Because words on paper, or whatever inspirational quote or saying you want to post on instagram, doesn’t mean anything unless there is action to back it up. 

So, here’s to 2017 – being a person of my word. 

SO, what are some of your goals for this year? I talked about some things to think about for 2017 here last week. And I’ve talked about goals even before that on here…like in this post.  If you actually read this blog, you’re probs like “girl, you talk about goals a lot.” And yeah, I do. I never really thought about goals until I started doing CrossFit. But every year I want to be better than I was the year before – and I’m not even really talking about just in the gym… I want to be a better wife, a better friend, a more real person (what you see is what you get), a bigger dreamer, and more and more determined. I dunno what you believe, but I can 100% claim that God has used CrossFit to help me become a better, healthier (mentally and physically), more driven, not fake person. And part of that involves setting goals and then working towards them – inside and outside of the gym. 

Setting goals opens up the door for success. Even if you don’t hit that goal, if you tried, like really tried (hence, action), it made you better in the process. 

Because maybe you have a goal to lose 20 pounds in 2017. And say, the end of the year gets here, and you didn’t lose 20 pounds. BUT you worked really hard, and you lost 15 pounds. That’s a win. Because you still lost weight and you didn’t give up, which made you a better person in the process. 

I wrote down some goals yesterday that scared the crap out of me. Most of them are about being outside of the gym, but several of them have to do with CrossFit. And right after I wrote them down, I immediately doubted myself. Because some have to do with throwing myself out there more and being more organized, and following through, and seeking out more opportunities, and I really don’t want to do that. And the ones that have to do with CrossFit would require a miracle. But I’m going to try. Because last year I had a goal that I was too scared to tell more than a couple of people. It was to be Top 100 in the SouthEast Region for the CrossFit Open. I could have cared less about Regionals. I just wanted Top 100. So, I embarrassingly told a couple of people, and I started working on my weaknesses, and sure enough, I stayed around Number 30 in the SouthEast for the entire Open. But if I would have let my pride or embarrassment get the best of me, I wouldn’t have set that very high goal. And then I really don’t think  I would have done as well. So, this year, the goals are set even higher in hopes that I’ll do even better. 

And you know what, even if I don’t. I know that I’ve done all I can on my end, sooo I already won.  Except butterfly Chest to Bar pullups. If those don’t start flowing a little easier, then I’m in trouble. Sorry.

So, with that, don’t let your pride get in the way of setting big, bold goals (or not setting goals at all) because you’re scared you may fail. If you do everything you can on your end, then you’ve already won. 

Happy 2017!

Speaking of having a happy 2017, this week is FREE TRIAL WEEK AT CFEC. AKA Bring all your friends for free. We do it once a year, and some pretty great people come by, try it out, and then they never leave. Just like my friend Kelly Mullane that came last year. So, come try it out and bring your friends. You can see all of the info, class times, location, etc here. 

Have a great week!