I have always been a go-getter. If I wasn’t the best at an activity, then I was going to downright outwork everyone who was participating. Growing up being a three-sport athlete I was never at a loss for fitness. Training programs, practices, lifting were all second nature to me. Being active was as easy as breathing. And here comes the BUT…but I feel that I was always on autopilot. Yes, I was invested and I always worked hard, but what skin did I really have in the game? And that’s just it, there was always another game (or in my college days, track meet) to work toward. If I lost, it was a disappointment, but no big deal because in the back of my head I thought, “there is truly more to life.” Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE proponent of athletics and the life lessons that they teach you! But that is a soapbox for another day.
Fast forward to the present and I am in the “truly more to life” stage. I am a wife, mother and business owner. I have never had to slow down and think about what my fitness and lifestyle will look like for well, LIFE! I always evaluated my fitness by the next time or distance at a meet. I had built-in bench marks. So now I am having to make my own bench marks…how the heck do I do that?? Well I want to share with you how I cast vision for 2019.
First, I have looked at my life and pictured where I want to be in a year, physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. I find it easiest to work in that order as well. It makes sense to me to move from the most concrete goals (physical times, distances, weights, etc.) to the most fluid (spiritual growth and connection with Jesus). I took these areas and simply wrote out what my ideal would be for myself.
I gave myself the freedom to let this step look kind of messy. The inner perfectionist in me wanted to go right to lists that were organized and I could neatly start checking them off. But I believe it is important to slow down and truly look at where you want to be. I simply described the 2020 Kyla. What she does each day, what she looks like, who/what she invests in.
Here is my physical messy list…I want to be healthy and thriving to be the best mother and wife that I can be. I never want my physical state to cause me to miss out on a memory with my family. I want to mountain bike, run down sand dunes, swim in the ocean and hike along cliffs. I want to be in the best shape of my life (even if that includes a pregnancy). I want to eat clean foods and no longer be controlled by cravings. I want to feel like I am flying again when I run.
From this messy list I then picked three concrete goals: Weigh 135, Complete another ½ marathon with a 9 min. mile average, Lift weights 2-3 times a week (2018 was very body weight focused and 2020 Kyla will be in the weight room more). After these three goals were listed, I wrote down ways I am going to achieve each goal. These goals never would have come to life or had as much meaning had I not done the messy step first. I now have vision for where I want to be, a bench-mark, if you will.
If you have trouble casting vision for your next year, I encourage you to dive in and think about what the 2020 you will look like. If we don’t have vision we flounder. And nobody wants to be likened to a fish. So, dig deep, dream big and as always, follow your fitness!
Here is a goal-setter helper if you like my method: