This month kicks off fall marathon training. I am going full out with a month of total fitness before tapering off cardio and adding miles. I am following my own advice for achieving goals by posting my June calendar.
Step 1 to achieving your goal – put it in writing.
Step 2 to achieving your goal – share it with people who will support you
Link to calendar
Are you running a marathon or a 1/2 marathon this fall? Let me know if your interested in sharing training tips.
Thursday night I was driving home from work (with a live (?) hamster lost somewhere in my car – ah! parenthood) making up every excuse why I wouldn’t get in my Insanity workout. It’s dark. I’m tired. I hear the second phase of Insanity is really really hard. I’ll do a double tomorrow. (yeah right)
I looked at the clock in my car and BAM! I had a total paradigm shift. Even though I was feeling like it was bedtime it was only 7:30. The darkness was playing tricks with my mind. If it had been late June in Michigan, instead of March, I would be bouncing in my car seat anxious to get home because there would be 2 1/2 hours of daylight left to get in a good run.
It’s the dirty trick that wintertime plays on us. Winter conditions are perfectly suited for sleep. It is dark outside and it is chilly inside making us want to crawl under the covers and stay there longer, but we don’t actually need more sleep. We just feel that way.
Sure, our internal clock is triggered by light and dark. As it gets dark at night our body produces more melatonin making us feel sleepy. Since there are more hours of darkness in the winter months our pineal gland is producing more melatonin. This time of year it is still dark late into the morning hours so our sleepy gland is still at work making us feel more groggy in the morning. It’s dark in the early evening hours making us consider going to bed much earlier than we would other times of the year.
You must be mentally tough. You must determine your goals and really, really, really focus on WHY you want to achieve them. You must keep your purpose in mind to fight the temptation of sleeping in. You must resolve to not plop down on the couch when you get home from work even though it is dark outside and you feel too sleepy to do anything else.
If your boss were to ask you “are you too tired to be successful” you certainly wouldn’t respond with a “yes” would you? Do your actions reflect that?
Here’s what Jim Rohn would say “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Pick up a book. Write in your journal. Go for a run. Pop in an Insanity DVD. Get to it!
If you need a success partner to help you through email me firstname.lastname@example.org
This is what I hear all of the time “How do you do it? I just don’t have the time to workout like you do.” Like I do? Time? Are you kidding me?
I wish I had a magic wand that would allow me to create an extra hour or two whenever I need them. I need an extra hour to workout – wave my magic wand – ta da. I need an extra hour to read a personal development book – wave my magic wand – ta da. I need an extra hour to . . . you get it.
Unfortunately, as hard as I try, I don’t have any magical powers. I am constricted to the same 24 hours that you are. Here’s the difference, I don’t use that as an excuse.
How much time do you spend watching TV? One way to pick up a few extra hours is to Stop Watching and Start Living. It’s enjoyable, sure, but watching TV doesn’t pay the bills. It won’t get you any further along in your career. It won’t help you get into shape or stay in shape. Try replacing the time spent watching just one of your favorite sitcoms with a different activity. By different I mean reading, writing, walking, yoga. Something that will help you feel better, be healthier, learn, be more successful, or develop a skill.
What time do you get up in the morning? How about getting up 30 minutes earlier? Yeah, it’s hard at first. Actually, it never gets easy, especially in the winter when it is so dark in the morning. Here’s the thing. When you start your day doing something great for yourself your entire day is magically better. The regret you would feel by making the same old excuse “I don’t have time” is magically replaced by a sense of accomplishment and positive endorphins that carry you throughout your day.
Do you want more energy? Less stress? More success? To be in better shape? Overcome the excuse “I don’t have time” and transform your life.
I hear a lot of crazy remarks about my lifestyle. People love to MSU – Make Stuff Up. These same people who make up stuff about how I get things done also make up stuff about why they can’t get more done. What kind of stuff am I talking about? Reading, writing, working out, volunteering, you know the kind of stuff that has the potential to make you more successful and more fulfilled.
I have been subject to lots of imaginary made up stuff about how I can possibly do everything I do in a day: work, kids, life, running… I was talking to someone this week who told me that they shared with other people (really?) that my mom lived with me and took care of the kids, errands, etc. Crazy!!! There is one very easy secret to how I get it done. Once revealed you will see how very easy it is for you to get more done. It won’t be popular with Disney, Lowe’s, Time Warner and the like. Nope, but it is effective at facilitating a more rewarding and fulfilled lifestyle.
Here’s the secret. I don’t watch TV. OK, I watch a little TV. Very little, but I don’t have a regular regimen of can’t miss TV.