I love the New Year – it’s all about starting afresh and realising your dreams. The New Year is not about changing the dates but direction; it’s not about changing the calendar but commitment; it’s not about changing the actions but attitude. This year I’m doing something new, I’m changing my direction, my attitude and my commitment.
I’ve been thinking about this post for about a month, the whole time trying to figure out how to put my thoughts and feelings to words. Something inside of me is changing. Perhaps I’m growing? Perhaps this is called growing up?
In the past I’ve been all about setting goals for the year. It’s worked well for me and I’ve accomplished great things with my running and athletics. By setting goals I’ve lost weight and maintained the loss. I’ve set new running personal bests, personal distance bests, and have even completed a half Ironman. But all of those goals were all about me. Over the past few months things have happened around me that has helped me to see a bigger picture, to see that there’s more to life than how much *I* weigh, how fast *I* run, or how far *I* run. In fact no one I’m close to really cares about any of those things – they love me for who I am inside. I’ve also learned that people never remember your words, but they will always remember how you made them feel, which is why this year I’m choosing ONE WORD to guide me and to be my mantra as I live by my (new) intentions.
This year, my ONE WORD is….
The word lift can be applied in many areas of my life. It can be applied to my fitness – it can be a word to remind me to strength train, something that I really want to do a lot more of this year. The word lift can also be applied to my personal life – it can remind me to be positive and to lift others up, to see people from all sides, and to be supportive of them. Everyone is fighting their own battles, and everyone can use some support, someone to lift them up. This year, I want to use the word LIFT to remind me to do that.
This blog, Fitness Cheerleader, originally was started as a way for me to help lift others up, a way for me to use my Kinesiology degree and to share my fitness knowledge. Over time it became a way for me to just lift myself up and it became my personal training journal. Perhaps I was in a place where the only person in my life I had the capacity to lift was myself? We all go through ebbs and flows.
But over the past year I accomplished all that I wanted to accomplish with my own sports and athletics. I do still enjoy running and triathlon, and I still want to accomplish some new personal records, but that is no longer my only focus. This year I want to LIFT...
…. lift my kettlebell.
…. lift the spirits of others around me (both in real life and online).
… and lift you up by inspiring you to try new things.
This year, there will be no race goals, no weight loss goals, or no resolutions. This year, I am being guided by the word LIFT.
What is your word for the year?
** I’m participating in the Fitness Health & Happiness link-up.