“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce
I firmly believe that 2014 is a going to be a year of amazing opportunities. The key is recognizing these opportunities rather than simply chasing possibilities.
Too often we get caught up with the “what ifs” of the world that are not grounded in reality. Dreams are fun but you are never going to win the lottery if you never buy the ticket.
Similarly, you are never going to meet your goals if you don’t put in the work.
My resolutions centered around my health and wellness are focused on daily habits that I can clearly put into motion.
They will take discipline and they won’t all be easy, but I believe they will yield results:
- To work out at least 5x per week.
- To bring a fresh, healthy clean lunch to work at least 4x per week.
- To stand up at work a minimum of 3 hours per day.
- To go to sleep every night by 10:30pm or earlier.
These may seem too general, but I believe it’s these type of changes that will yield positive changes to my overall health and wellness.
Consistent training, eating clean and sleeping well are all very doable as long as I make them part of my daily routine.
And the hope is that these new habits will help me achieve my fitness goals in 2014:
- To compete as part of a team in the scaled divisions of the Freeze Fest Team Challenge and the Cold War Throwdown.
- To compete as an individual in the scaled division of the Granite Games.
- To complete “Murph” (1-mile run + [300 squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups] + 1-mile run) on Memorial Day wearing a 20# vest.
- To do the Baseline workout (500 meter row, 40 squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, 10 pull-ups) in less than 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
These goals require me to pay as much attention to what I do in the gym as I what I do outside the gym.
And “competing” in these CrossFit challenges in 2014 is more than just signing up online and showing up the day of the event.
It’s putting in the proper training, working on the necessary skills and lifts and mentally preparing to be fully present and ready to give it my all.
What are your resolutions and goals for 2014? Share them in the comments below and let’s start the conversation about how we can help each other surpass them all.