“…but time slips away and leaves ya with nothin’, Mister, but boring stories of…GLORY DAYS.”
Glory Days by Bruce Springstein
Every time I start thinking about goal planning, this song pops into my head. I love some ‘remember when’ stories. I have a million. Sometimes I find myself repeating them just to relive the joy and laughter of the moment or even the tragedy and the sadness to realize how far I have come. Which reminds me, have I ever told you the story of the giant rat in my house? Its special.
2020 will definitely be a ‘remember when’ story. In fact, I don’t think I have ever been happier to see a year end!! What better way to fill yourself with hope than to set goals.
Are you a goal setter? I’ve been asking many of my friends lately and the look I get varies anywhere between humor to utter disdain.
Of course, most of my friends are moms and we are tired. Our kids have worn us down and for many of us we are crossing the finish line of our kids being at home. So why set goals? Our time is our own now, right?
For me, the last 20 years of my life have been centered around my children. I’m not saying that was always the right thing to do, I am just saying that is what I did. I loved every moment. From home room mom, fundraisers, VBS, and carpool-I did it all. I loved the times I got to see my kids in action. To see how they interacted with their friends. Honestly, I would probably do the same thing again because I got to share so much time with them.
This is my time. It’s time for me to sit and ask myself what I want to do with the next 20 years? I hear people say all the time, “but I am content just the way I am. I don’t need goals.”
I love that! Me too! The problem is we won’t stay the way we are right now. We are aging. We have decline in our neuromuscular system that includes reduced muscle strength, power and endurance of muscles as well as cognitive decline. It’s life. It’s a transition. Nothing to fear. We can try to fight it or deny it, but we are all aging.
For me, I want to be a grandmother (one day-NO time soon) and be active. I want to play with my grandkids on the floor but most of all, I want to be there.
How do I get there? For me, it takes purpose. I set my intentions and I move forward. That’s not to say plans won’t change. Because they will. Will setting goals get me closer to that purpose? Statistics say it will. But maybe it won’t-who knows? It makes me feel better. I hold my goals with an open hand knowing that I am not in control but I know my life is precious. I don’t want to squander my time on unnecessary stress or drama because I know my days are limited. It is a balance of making time for the people in my life I love and doing what I need to do for myself to keep me mentally and physically fit. It is about writing down my BIG picture goals. Knowing what my purpose is. It takes a little time, but it is so worth it.
What about you? Do you set goals? Why or why not? Do you get stuck? I will be teaching a vision board/goal setting workshop on January 10th at Origins Yoga and Wellness ‘Vision and Vino’ Everything will be supplied. Class size is limited to 10. Price is $30 and you can sign up on Mindbody. Not quite ready to gather in groups? I can come to you! Grab a group of friends, family or coworkers and we can make it happen.
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