HAPPY NYE! It aways comes so fast. It’s hard to believe there are only a few more hours left in 2017, but it’s true. Make the most of it. I wanted to get this out before you and I jump into those crazy, late night NYE plans. Actually, that most likely won’t be happening over here, but we are attempting to build a fire, so there’s that.

2017. What to say about it? I’m thankful for the 365 days of life I had in 2017. And with that, I’m also cool with seeing it go <<mostly because I really feel like 2018 is going to be great>>. 

For me, 2017 had some disappointments (isn’t that everyone though?) But on the flip side, it had even more adventures, cool experiences, and LESSONS LEARNED. It’s all in how you look at it.

Before moving on to 2018, I encourage you to write out at least 3 BIG things you learned, experienced, or got better in 2017. 

For me, here are three (actually four) ways I grew/lessons learned (and probably blogged about too) in 2017: 

  1. A better perspective – which I believe helps you to see the BEST, even when you’re presented with a situation that isn’t ideal. Even when life throws you curve balls, there is still a lesson to learn, a story to tell, someone to inspire through it, and ultimately a chance to grow stronger. From a pretty big personal battle at the very beginning of the year in my family, to a small, minor setback (aka a second achilles surgery) in October, and some trails in between, I’ve tried to focus on the lesson to learn, and the beauty in when life doesn’t go your way 🙂
  2. A better relationship with exercise and food. While most of America would love to celebrate exercising, moving and actually thinking about what they are eating (as we should:) I sometimes celebrate when I do the opposite. Weird, I know. But it’s been freeing to take continual steps away from obsessing over things like food and exercise – things that have held me in bondage in my teens and twenties. 
  3. A grasp on my identity – There is something about coming into your 30’s that will make you question who you really are – (outside of what you look like, or who other’s may perceive you to be). 
  4. Expressing gratitude in the right places – I’ve loved writing out what and who I am thankful for most days.

Those who know me know I’m not perfect in the above three things, but I’ll celebrate the progress. There’s more to learn and more areas to grow in 2018. So, here we go!

2018… Have you made those “resolutions” yet? I’m not going to sit here and bash those because I’ve had positive changes come about because of them – and so have family and friends. But what I have found is that you need a plan to execute these resolutions (or goals). And along with that, you have to be willing to commit to the day to day. 

Goals can either make us feel PUMPED UP ABOUT LIFE, or they can make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. While feeling exciting about life and the future is great and all, we need to make sure that we set ourselves up to actually follow through with our goals, so that by the end of January, we are bummed if we didn’t execute and hold on to those goals like we told ourselves we would on December 31st. 

This year, I made a small list of personal, coaching, crossfit/fitness, and blog goals for 2018. It DEFINITELY made me excited AND overwhelmed at the same time. But once I wrote them out, broke them down, and came up with a plan, I feel great about them! They range from FOLLOW THROUGH (I’ll probably talk more about that in a couple weeks), to being more intentional about reading my Bible daily (because I need all the help I can get), to working hard in physical therapy, and on my own, so I can do a box jump in the Open in less than a couple months, to responding back to people within 12 hours on social media/email/blog.

Those are just a few small examples. 

So, how do we do this? <<P.S Most of the credit for what I’m about to say goes to my way smarter half, Daniel, for always walking me through these things>>

  1. Write out a goal. Easy enough, right? But if you stop there, you’re more likely to fail. 
  2. Define the goal. Simply writing out a goal puts you at risk for giving yourself empty promises. Anyone can say, “My goal for 2018 is to live a healthy life.” Or “My goal for 2018 is to lose body fat.” Those are great goals, duh. But what do they really mean? Define them. One way to do this is to give three bullet points under a goal. So, if your goal is to “Lose body fat in 2018” you could be more specific with three things you would like to see in that. Writing out details will make you more likely to stick to those goals. 
  3. How much are you willing to commit?  Make a promise to yourself that even when life gets hard, or busy, or overwhelming, **you are worth it** to stick to what you originally promised yourself. Because curve balls will happen, and sometimes that means shifting, or rearranging what those original goals look like. But sometimes it means just pushing through. Remember, it’s not meant to be easy. If it were easy, you would have done it last year. But the results and GROWTH that comes from follow through is worth it 🙂
  4. Action steps! (<—– this one if my favorite) Ok, so crushing goals means **consistency ** So, what is this going to look like day to day? What are your action steps to make it happen? Write out your goal, define the goal, and commit. Now you need to execute a plan. So, for me, this looks like putting an “action step” for each goal. Again, what is this going to look like daily? For example, if your goal is to “Lose body fat in 2018,” you need to list day to day action steps. So, maybe it is to keep a food journal daily. Or maybe it is to do something to stay active and moving daily. This can mean hit the gym 5 days a week, go for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break 1 day a week, + throw the football with your kid 1 day/week. BAM. 7 days, and you did something to stay active and moving. 

I hope this helps! As always, let me know if I can help ya meet your goals in the upcoming year! We have so much to be thankful for – we just need to open up our eyes, see the good, be willing to learn from the sucky things that happen, and do something to make a difference. 2018 can be THAT year for you and for me. 

Be on the lookout for all kinds of cool stuff coming your way on here soon!