Goal Setting & Follow Through

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Do you ever set goals and not follow them? Or are you pretty good about sticking to them? For the most part, I’d say I’m pretty good at sticking to them but recently I’ve been challenged in a new way when it comes to follow through.

One of my mentor’s always says “a goal isn’t real until it’s written down” – and I’ve always loved this thought. I believe if you write down your goals, the simple act of writing them out will help you attain them. Once it’s written that goal is somewhere in your subconscious and I think you end up working toward that goal whether you realize it or not.

Austin and I are actually really good at this as a couple. Before we were engaged we each took time to write down what our ideal 5 year plan looked like. He then gave me his, I gave him mine, and we compared notes. They both included getting engaged, married, moving etc. And sure enough, all of those things have happened. I strongly recommend doing this if you’re in a serious relationship because it really lets both of you open up and have a real life check in!

But, ANYWAY, what I really want to write about today is the recent challenge I’ve been experiencing of sticking to my goals. One of the goals I set for myself this year was to become physically stronger. I love when I can help lift something, or do something on my own because I’m strong. I’ve most recently (in the last few years) have started to feel this way, but this year I’ve been making an effort to improve my strength.

Why has this been a hard goal to stick to? Well, because I have figured out that one of the best ways for me to exercise is through group fitness classes. I love the motivation that comes when you’re working out with other people, and the intense workout in a group class that is way more challenging than if I were working out on my own. (Anyone else always looking at the weights like…okayyy what do I do next?!)

This has been a transition because of scheduling. Every time I go to a class, I’m losing time for social engagements. As silly as this sounds….maybe you can relate?! How many times have you not gone to workout because a friend invites you for drinks? Or your boyfriend wants to take you out to dinner? It’s been such a mental change for me to say no to those things because I have a workout class I want to go to. But what I’ve realized is having that me time, and working on my body makes me a happier person when I do get to go out to dinner or spend time with my husband or friends. Also, getting stronger is something that I have been able to feel, and it makes me feel confident and happy! What are your biggest struggles when it comes to goal setting? Leave your comments below!

Also, check out my last health post here!

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