OK, so if you have never heard the song, you may have no idea what i’m talking about!!
What i’m trying to get across is that we should all be shouting out our goals and accomplishments for all to hear!
Let me explain….
When we embark on a new journey of in life, regardless of what it is, accountability is KEY. Setting goals is tough and following through to the end can be challenging. If someone else is aware and holding you accountable, you may have the desire to push a little harder and see things through.
In the past, I struggled with keeping promises to myself. In my mind and on paper, I had everything mapped out in order to be fit and healthy. I did the research though zillions of books,magazines, articles, and apps. I knew what needed to be done daily! Putting all of those plans in action was where it got tricky. I would go to bed preparing myself to wake up and conquer the world! But when morning came around, I was able to put it off another day because I wasn’t holding myself accountable. Time was my enemy.
Finally, I realized what was going on. I was upset with myself for being so weak! I was desperate to find a way to make things happen. I made big decision….
I went public!
If I had to choose one of the most difficult decisions that i’ve made in the past few years that got me over a plateau during my journey to better health, it would be the choice to go public.
I chose a big goal and announced it to all of my friends and family….
I AM TRAINING FOR MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!
I posted it on all of my social media sites for the world to see. I checked in at the gym. I announced my runs, which included my milage goals and auto-posted when I was done whether I liked it or not! People were free to monitor my progress, seeing whether I met my goals or gave up too early.
Why was this such a big deal for me? Well, you can probably imagine. I was held accountable by EVERYONE in my life. I gave people access to my progress. If I checked into the gym, and checked out of the gym 10 minutes later I was embarrassed! If I posted that I set out on a 3 mile run and gave up after a mile, I knew it would auto post for all to see!
Going public helped me in so many ways. First of all, it helped me set realistic goals. When you raise the bar too high, you set yourself up for failure…which leads to disappointment….and sometimes giving up out of frusteration. Instead of indulging in the bright idea that I could take on the road and run 5 miles in my first day, I was forced to think twice since I was announcing it. I reevaluated myself many times and set realistic goals each day that I could accomplish and be proud of.
Posting went from a little embarrassing to EXCITING! Eventually, people were catching on to what I was doing and cheering me on everyday. I was eager to read the posts of people who were tuning into my workouts. Throughout my training, I had comments and tips that got me through my toughest days. Motivation came from all angles. All of the support that I received from my family and friends really made a difference and carried me through my training one day (and mile) at a time.
Learn from me and skip the contemplating. It’s a great idea to make the announcement. Don’t be to shy to go public with your next big goal. Don’t worry that you will annoy people with your posts; the people who are annoyed aren’t important. If you surround yourself great people, they will be more than happy to participate in motivating you!
I woke up the day of the Key Biscayne 13.1 to the sound of hurricane winds at 3 AM. I lie awake, losing sleep over the thought of a cancelation! When 5 AM came around, it was still pouring. I got ready and crossed my fingers that it would stop in time.
I met up with my running buddy bright and early…still pitch black outside!
As I walked up to the line and stretched in my soaking wet gear, I got a little twinge of doubt. I thought, “I didn’t train for this weather! how am I supposed to do this?”
So I checked in. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!
The race was on. I sucked it up and posted the race online. IMMEDIATELY, people started clicking “Like” and wishing me “Good Luck”. I reached deep inside and told myself I was no quitter. I worked too hard and too many people were rooting for me!
I was dripping from head to toe, my shoes filled with water. My headphones broke from the water damage so I ran miles 4-13 in silence. For at least 3 out of the 13 miles my eyes were closed, shielding my pupils from the wind and rain. At times, I felt like I was going to blow off of the bridges, but I kept going.
By mile 11, I had one complete blister outlining my body around my bra and and briefs…..
I didn’t set a time goal for my first race and i’m glad I didn’t due to the conditions that slowed us down.
But I crossed that finish line! I reached MY goal of running the entire race without stopping to walk!
My biggest fan was pushing me through, acting as a “paparazzi” and waiting for me at the finish line. He believed in me when all else failed. 🙂
I met MY personal goal and I couldn’t have done it without the major love and support! Thank you to everyone who helped me accomplish something that was so important to me. It helped me to get into better shape and boosted my self confidence. I will never forget you.