Bow Down to Starting Lines

When considering and setting goals, it's tough not to get caught up in the allure of the finish line. That shiny point in the future where things may be changed, different, improved. That point is an unknown. Will achieving that thing make you any happier? If you've set it from a place that's true to you, it likely will. What I do know is that any journey has it's setbacks, detours, and delays and is never linear, and it's important to focus on what is in your control. Realize what you have choice over, and consistently keep your eye on that finish line, but also see every day as a new starting line.

The starting line is just as important. It's a powerful place to be. It's ripe with possibility, butterflies, and excitement. It's really a mindset of looking at the challenges of your goal and seeing them with new perspective at every step. Once you've determined what it is you want to achieve and you're standing at the starting point, that first step can be the most overwhelming. While you're waiting for the start gun to go off, precious time is passing you by. What you must realize is that you are the one holding the gun, you are the only one with the power to choose that first step, and the next, and the next. So what's it going to be? Any small act that moves you forward will do.

And with every step and each day that passes, you step up to another starting line. Because what I know is that achieving what we want in this life is an exercise in consistently starting over. As sexy as the finish line is, give the starting line it's due.

With the new year right around the corner, the messaging about making 2017 "the best yet" and "your year" will be all up in your face. And that's okay. Many fitness and health professionals may even tell you "resolutions don't work", "why wait until the new year?", etc. And those are all fair points, there are no quick fixes, and you can start any time. But if you choose to start something new in January because you are motivated and excited, there is nothing wrong with that #doyou. In fact, starting toward a new goal in December is definitely possible, and you can certainly get a head start on your 2017 goals, you just may need to be even more aware of some of the limiting factors and increased potential opportunities to make choices that are not aligned with your health goals, and extra willpower may be necessary. 

As you look forward to 2017 and begin to think about all you'd like to achieve in the year. Take the time to really stand at the starting point, take in the view from the beginning, know that it takes kahunas to start. And take comfort that each day you carry on is another opportunity to stand there again and again and consider your next step.

If you've got fitness and health top of mind for 2017, the starting line of my next 12 Week Online Training Program is January 2nd, 2017. Workouts delivered to your inbox daily, weekly e-mails for goal setting and additional tools to keep you on track, nutrition lessons [like how to build a healthy grocery list] throughout, and access to a coach [me!] for support and assistance. Every day you get that workout in your inbox is a new starting line. Let's take those daily first steps together and make real progress.


xo Syd

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Sydney Guevremont
Sydney Guevremont