Another week has come and gone, far too fast if you ask me. Lately I feel like my life is a never ending version of Groundhog Day
Wake Up. Coach. Work. Coach. Cook. Clean. Sleep. Repeat. I get overwhelmed far too easy and let myself get sucked into the routine of the day to day, trying to survive… when this is the year I wanted to thrive. I spend a lot of time running on auto pilot and checking off to do list boxes on the “Must Do’s” of daily life, still. Mostly right now I struggle with having these goals I want to achieve and not making the time to invest in them. I say I want it, but wanting it is not enough.
Those moments of motivation come in waves. We are absolutely driven to achieve our goals in that very moment. We want it so bad we can taste it… In that moment. But that desire to be better, stronger, faster, lighter… it fades away. Life goes on and unless you consciously decide to do something to achieve your goal it won’t happen.
I recently order a Passion Planner and so far it has helped remind me every day that I have a bigger goal than just making it through the day. My big goal? Finish my Nutrition Cert. My smaller every day goals? Make good nutrition decisions, spend quality time with my family, and take some time to refresh myself every day, even if its 5 minutes of silence or playing a stupid game on the iPad… Just some time to try not to think about what I have to do.
You can apply this idea to any goal you have. You may want to lose 5 pounds. Get Pull Ups. Learn a new language. Teach yourself to crochet. Wanting it is nice and it sounds great on paper. But you have to put in the work. I was reminded of that again today as I attempted The CrossFit Open workout 15.2, which included pull ups. Last summer before my surgery I was close. I was doing a pull up progression program 3 days a week and got so much closer to doing a strict pull up. I even got to the top of the rope a few times! After my surgery I stopped all hanging/pulling movements for a good 3 months. I couldn’t hang from the pull up bar without pain until probably December. Since then I just didn’t focus on pull ups at all. I barely fit in regular programming and didn’t make time to do any extra work on my major weakness. If you struggle with pull ups, hitting them every now and again in regular programming isn’t going to make them better. You have to make a dedicated effort to improving your strength. I knew that. So I’ll take my score of 10 on 15.2 and use it as a reminder that my weaknesses will stay my weakness until I decide to something about it. Reminds me of this guy:
When I made this I was terrified of box jumps. I conquered that fear.
Now I’ll attack the biggest hole in my CrossFit arsenal… gymnastics. This year I will get pull ups and rope climbs back! You are my witnesses, now keep me accountable!
What is something that you are wanting and need to take action to make it happen?
Let’s crush our weaknesses together!
2 thoughts on “Wanting It Is Not Enough”
Love, love, love this post. I’m in a strange place fitness-wise – trying to get back to where I was before the birth of daughter #2. This week it finally clicked, the changes weren’t happening because I didn’t really want them until now. For the first 8 months after the baby, I wanted (and needed) rest, snuggles with my baby, one on one time with my other daughter, and more rest. And since I didn’t really want the fitness goals, I didn’t put the work it.
Now I do. And now I start the work. I’d love to hear about the pullup progression plan you used if you are willing to share.
It is SO much about your mindset. Figuring out what you want and being ok with that is the key to being truly happy.
Here is the link to the pull up plan: http://boxlifemagazine.com/training/conquering-your-first-strict-pull-up