Early in 2016 I remember a specific illustration used by my pastor during a Sunday morning sermon relating to goal setting. His point was that if you set a single goal when you head out for a work day you may find yourself taking your entire day to finish the one task. But if you set multiple goals you are more inclined to attack more goals. Of course this needs another caution not to take on more than you can finish, but that is implied.
Now I have seen my share of moon cycles, meaning several hundreds of them so this knowledge was nothing new, but it was presented in a way that stuck with me even to this day. Having goals or direction means you are more likely to accomplish something you can point to as your success. I just finished a post yesterday laying out several writing golas I want to achieve in 2017. With this in place I have a solid, mapped out direction which will serve me well.
If you have been on this blog before you know I also had a goal for the last quarter of last year to measure of 1,000,000 steps on my Fitbit over the 92 days from October 1 through December 31. I tend to favor round numbers and while 1,000,000 seems a mighty number when you divide it out over 92 days it becomes much more manageable. In fact it is just 869 more steps on a daily basis than the standard goal delivered to you by Fitbit of 10,000 steps per day.
In the beginning of this journey during October the weather was much warmer and dryer, so getting the steps in was not too tough. But eventually the cooler, damper weather caught up with me causing more effort to accumulate the needed activity. Of course my dog doesn’t care about weather, so she still wants her daily exercise so I have an ally in getting me up and out often each day.
As I begin a new year I will set new goals so I can continue to make strides toward being more active and hopefully more healthy while shedding a few pounds accumulated during the holidays. I know some of you probably got a fitness tracker for a present this year so I hope your experience is something like mine if not better.