You want to be physically fit, right? Imagine your ideal self full of energy and swagger. Gorgeous. Now, there’s something standing in between you and gorgeous which needs to be stared down. Competing priorities. Or what I call goal rivalry.
In How to have personal, relationship, and work goals that play nicely together, I compare goals to children who compete for their parent’s attention. Sibling rivalry meets goal rivalry. I know the tug of children at my knees and the tug of goals unmet which can lead to crushing exhaustion.
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~ Fannie Lou Hamer, voting rights activist, civil rights leader, and philanthropist
Being physically weak and depleted can be the result of illness or injury, heroic sacrifice for others, or self-inflicted neglect and wounding. My life has included all three.
Understandably, when my family was young, four children needed my nearly undivided attention. At some point we matured which theoretically freed me up for more “me time.” Yet, being in the habit of reaching relationship goals before personal goals, it would take time for me to identify and establish fitness goals and habits.
I’m getting sick and tired of doing anything half-way. ~ Knute Rockne, football player and coach
Counting steps, stretching here and there, and randomly “exercising” added up to more pounds on my body and inches on my waist. Half-way exercise may have worked for me in the past but not today. Running, pushing weights, and sweating in public aren’t my natural inclinations, never mind passions. I was a verbal anti-runner quipping, “Why would anyone ever run? We have cars now.” Yet, two years ago I was so sick and tired that I decided to run. I prioritized exercise in the form of running. All in.
The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves. ~ Sydney Madwed, poet and speaker
I’m changing myself and the world by prioritizing my fitness through running. While running isn’t for everyone or for every day, it is for anyone who wants to give it a try according to their abilities and needs. Walking, biking, swimming, rebounding, and other aerobic exercises build cardio fitness, too. Choose, commit, and move.
By consciously prioritizing running two years ago, I helped myself to avoid subconsciously choosing to always meet my relationship goals first. The people and work I loved needed to wait, and they did. Gorgeous.
What is your highest personal, relationship, and work goal? Of these three, which are you most likely to prioritize out of habit or inclination? Are you satisfied with your priorities? With your fitness? Do you have health and fitness goals?
All the best ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc