I believe in establishing, positive, possible and concrete goals for myself and use a wonderful visual tool called a PATH to do so. I actually use PATHs a lot at work so it comes naturally, lucky for me it’s also a wonderful tool.
There are several parts of the PATH process. First you start off with your dreams, these should be without boundaries or even realistic and not goal specific. This is a fitness PATH so mine are pretty simple, vague and few:
- Be Happy
- Be Healthy
- Be Strong
Then you set your goals for the next year.
- Participate in Adventure Races: Ice Donkey (Winter biking, running, snowshoeing, skiing, etc.. could not make this one.. added an additional goal at the end) Pain in the Assiniboine(Cycling and Canoeing race) and Swamp Donkey(Orienteering, Canoeing, Biking, Hiking) Eco-Adventure(Running, Biking, Canoeing, Orienteering)
- 10 Chin-Ups by (end) of March (yes, I wrote pull-ups but I meant chin-ups)
- Run in the Winnipeg Police Services Half Marathon, Manitoba Marathon, and another later in the season.. not sure which yet.
- Do the scorpion pose comfortably (I tried and accomplished the pose after making this PATH but it killed my eyes and I couldn’t cold it long)
- Have flexible hamstrings, it’s not a concrete goal soooo, be able to bend over hands fully touching the ground by August and the splits by the end of the year.
- Start swimming for triathlons next year.
- 100 Burpee Challenge, this is the challenge I accepted in lieu of Ice donkey because I was On Call for work.. I have committed to doing this twice because I may not be able to so another one of the races because I need a team :(. (Starts March 1st without push-ups) Starts again August 1st with push-ups)
You identify where you are at now in relation to your goals. You identify things you or others around you can do to help you achieve your goals and since we’re social animals who need support and love to live effectively you enroll others to assist you in achieving your goals.
So here it is, a visual representation of my goals for 2012:
Yes, I did use the white Christmas Lululemon bag to write this on… I figured I would take it everywhere with me as inspiration!