Good morning! I woke up today and remembered I am being featured on Fitblogger this morning! Please go over there and check it out. I am packing up today and heading out to my next expo and half marathon, so Husband will be a bachelor yet again for a couple of days.
If you will remember at the Beginning of September I set some mini goals for myself. I took a look back at them today, and well, it’s not pretty. I will admit, I don’t like it when I am wrong, and I don’t like it when I mess up (who does?) So I am here to say September, in the goals department….while not a complete failure, was….less than stellar. Let’s take a look.
1. Read a book: Fail. Unless you call US Weekly and Runner’s World a book, then I didn’t even read a page. I thought with vacation I would have the opportunity, but honestly, I just sort of forgot.
2. PR in a training run: I did this one, multiple times! I PR’ed on an 8 and 10 mile run last month while training for my races.
3. Take Care of My Body: fail. mostly. I have foam rolled maybe 4 times since I wrote this, only stretched after running a handful of times, and caught a cold. Hhmmm… Also the only cross training I have done is walk, maybe lifted weights 4-5 times last month. This needs to improve. Stat. My IT band is none too happy about it either. It’s still sore and tight from last weekend.
4. Finish Raising Money for TNT: fail. While my group still has a fundraiser coming up at the end of October where I am hoping to get the little over $200 we still need to raise, it would have been nice to do it BEFORE the race which is this weekend. My last raffle did raise a good bit, but I’m still a little short. (You can donate here!)
5. Continue with my quiet time/Bible reading: This is the one I probably did the best on, but still not as good as I would like. For some reason, whenever I go on vacation, this part of my day gets put aside, and it shouldn’t. I travel a lot now, and I can’t keep doing this every time I go somewhere. Going to make an effort to do a better job at this when I am on the road. Still doing my quiet time every day when I am at home though!
6. Take more pictures with my DSLR: This one almost isn’t fair because I was on vacation, so of course I took more! I also did something else that will help with my picture taking, I bought a new (cheap) point and shoot camera to carry around during races with me. It’s not amazing, but it’s better than my blurry cell phone pictures! Other than vacation though…I really haven’t used my camera any more than normal. Will work on it again this month!
I learned a few things looking back at this month’s goals. First of all, if I don’t have them listed out in front of me, I will forget about them. I may would have read a book if I had remembered I wanted to, etc. I plan to print out my goals next time I do this so I am staring at them during the day. Also, just because I didn’t hit all my goals, doesn’t mean I am a failure. I like to aim high for a reason. I enjoy striving for hard to attain things. This means there will always be times when I fall short, and I am ok with that, it just makes me try harder next time. It would be easy to say “fail! I am never doing this again!” but I won’t be doing that. If we quit every time we failed at something, we would be doing a lot of nothing if you ask me! So, shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you will land among the stars! I could look at it as “I failed at half my goals this month” or I can say “I MET half my goals this month!” Which way will you look at things?
QOTD: Would you rather set high goals and miss sometimes, or set lower ones and hit them every time?
Definitely not a failure! It’s so much harder to meet goals when we’re traveling, busy, or sick, so you should be super proud of yourself 🙂
Brigid @ Live, Breathe, Huzzah! says
I always put a couple easier items on my goals list, but then have a couple that are tougher. Definitely not a failure for not meeting everything all the time. That would mean you weren’t challenging yourself! I’m a huge list maker. In fact, I just started a monthly goals feature on my blog.
I hope your body recovers this month! Feeling hurt or ill is no fun.
Morgan @ Becoming Rooks says
You had a super busy month! I am impressed that you were able to accomplish what you did. Great job!
I recently read (heard?) of a survey of CEOs / CFOs / other successful people etc and one of the things they had in common was when looking back at their day they would focus on what they accomplished that day rather than what wasn’t accomplished (even if it was only one thing). So you are definitely on the right track focusing on what you did accomplish!!
Great job on your goals!!