While we all try to come up with our New Year’s resolutions, let me tell you a little story to help inspire you in your goal setting.
My Mom last summer set a goal for herself to climb Stone Mountain 50 times while she was out on summer break. With hard work and determination, she achieved her goal.
Now my Mom is in shape. She can probably bench press more than most of you readers. No offense. She is a physical education teacher and a lifelong coach. She has trained and competed with the best of them so you may say that 50 climbs over the course of 3 months for someone who is in shape is chump change.
For Mom, mentally, it is chump change. Physically, it is a challenge.
What you don’t know is that Mom has osteoarthritis in her joints and she has bad feet. Feet so bad that surgery to rebuild the bone structure may be imminent. She has seen multiple specialist and walks through pain sometimes daily as she goes about normal life. Soon she will travel to see “the best orthopedist in the state.” Mom’s feet are on overdrive and pain pills are on stand by for days that aren’t bare able.
So if those physical ailments are not enough to discourage you, think about normal life. Mom works two jobs. She teaches during the school year and then works part time at a college in their recreation facility planning trips for students and encouraging students and faculty to stay in shape.
Squeezing in the time to work out daily is a discipline in and of itself. Getting up, dressed, driving to the mountain, hiking it and then getting back home takes time. Quite frankly, to me, it sounds like a pain in the butt. Not to mention getting cleaned up afterwards.
This summer Mom accomplished her goal of 50 climbs.
But that wasn’t enough. Mom wanted to keep pushing and keep going.
She decided that by New Years she wanted to make 100 climbs. She got out her calendar and penciled in each day she would do a climb. Summer was probably easier as she was off of school so now with school back in session and working at the college rec in the evenings she was forced to be extra diligent about planning.
Well, long story short, on December 31st, Mom hiked number 99 and number 100 to reach her goal.
It took planning, diligence, pain, effort and time to achieve this. There were some days I am sure she didn’t want to go. There were some days I am sure she didn’t feel like it. There were some days the weather was cold and wet. There were some days that there were other pressing matters. There were things she had to give up so that she could go to the mountain.
Mom put her arm to the plow and fixed her vision on the goal and went after it. She achieved it and YOU CAN TOO!!!
Your Stone Mountain may be work out more, eat healthier, stop drinking, study more, write thank you notes, be a better wife, etc etc. Whatever it is don’t give up. If it doesn’t go well in January, in February, try again. If you fail in February, start over in March. If Tuesday sucks, Wednesday is sure to be better. If Wednesday you cant get it together, try again on Thursday. Be determined. Be strong. Be persistent and in the end be proud of your accomplishment. If you succeed the first time, then set your goal higher. Don’t stop at 50, aim for 100.
There will be some days you don’t feel like it and some days that you fail. There will be times you miss the mark and other times that you have a bad attitude. We will all be there at some point and the main thing is that we find a way and press through.
No matter what your goals are for 2011 and no matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, be encouraged. If Mom can do it, so can you. And no matter where you are if you need a coach, motivator, friend, lifelong buddy, or heck, just someone to talk to email my Mom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
P.S. This is what Mom says about her achievement:
“I really didn’t aspire to climb Stone Mtn 100 times. It was just a spontaneous thought that became a game/goal last May. Once I started marking the climbs on my calendar…..well, you know the rest of the story. It really wasn’t much-just one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, no excuses, don’t think about it, just do it. Since I’m dealing with degenerative issues in my foot, and since the docs suggested that I not run or do high impact exercises, I just needed to prove that I could do something. So, I learned not to listen to everything the experts tell you…just keep going!”