Where Will You Be on January 7, 2012?

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.” Paramahansa Yoganandya

As I write this, I’ve issued a 30 Day Fitness Challenge to folks in the Badass Grad community. Of course, anyone can join and I’m excited to see that a few have taken the plunge so far. The way it works is you can email me (emily at emilybennington) or post on Facebook your fitness goals from now until January 7, 2012.

That’s it. I won’t tell you to aim higher, work harder, or lose five pounds. I will, however, do my best to provide motivation for whatever it is you hope to achieve along the way.

As we all know, taking charge of your health isn’t the easy choice but it’s especially tough around the holidays. When I think about all of the chocolaty, trans-fat-filled goodies that would arrive this time of year at my corporate office, I’m thankful I work from home now.

But regardless of whether you decide to jump in the Fitness Challenge or not, it is important to think about goals for the New Year. I’m not a fan of creating a list of resolutions because they clearly don’t work. So many people have said, “I’m going to do X” this year and, when “X” doesn’t manifest, they get discouraged and quit making resolutions altogether.

Sound familiar?

We all know the way to achieve large goals is to break them into small chunks that are measurable and manageable. What we miss is that the next step is to forget the big objective. Seriously, put it out of your mind and focus solely on the tasks right in front of you.

Last night I spoke with a friend of mine who had recently completed her first half-marathon. She had never been a runner before but she was looking for a new way to challenge herself. When I asked how she went from never running to completing the race she said she started by running 10 minutes a day and gradually built up to 13 miles. But then she said something that really got my attention. She said success wasn’t about crossing the finish line – she actually gave herself permission to drop out if needed on race day. Success was about getting to 13 miles at all. In other words, her satisfaction was in the journey.

Whatever vision you have for yourself on January 7, 2012, naturally it won’t just happen at the stroke of midnight that day. As such, the only day you need to worry about is this one – and the things you need to do right now to get there. The future will take care of itself.

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