New Year, New Goals, New Dreams
Wow! Another 365 days accomplished. Hard to believe how quickly the days went by! Did you live each day to the fullest? Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself? Has your outlook changed at all?
What is your plan for the new year? Is this the year you are going to enter the long sought after running race that you always say you are going to enter but never have? Have you decided to become more dedicated so you can improve your health and fitness? Is your goal to fit into a pair of pants you bought last year a size smaller than usual in hopes that you’d lean out and fit into them? Or maybe you want to learn more about nutrition and how to fuel your body properly? Whatever your goals, you should bring integrity and validity to them. It does not matter if that goal is to break the world record in the marathon or complete a one-mile run without stopping. Maybe it is doing a pull up without a band, getting full range in a squat, or setting a PR in an Clean and Jerk. It is your achievement, thus, the feeling of accomplishment and the journey to get there are what it’s all about.
Congratulate yourself for both personal growth and goals met, and revise your goals for the new year. This new year gives you the opportunity to change yourself for the better. Be confident, persistent, and patient. What makes the difference in those who are persist and those who give up is often confidence. Albert Bandura, a Stanford University Psychology researcher, uses the term ‘self-efficacy’ to describe a person’s perceptions about one’s likelihood of achieving a particular goal or following through with a desired behavior. Self-efficacy predicts future outcomes over and above past performance. If you truly believe you have something valuable and unique to offer, remain confident, even when it seems like an uphill battle. Most successful people have taken risks, worked hard, sacrificed, and faced temporary failure in the pursuit of their dreams.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
Dreams matter. Dream big!