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Happy New Year!

There’s something magical in beginnings. A new year brings reflection and hope.

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That little voice inside that says you’re not good enough; you’ll never do it, it’s too difficult, you don’t deserve it, is fear. Plain and simple fear. Because what if you fail? What if trying and failing leaves you feeling weak? Embarrassed? Setting goals takes vulnerability, but it’s in that vulnerability that we grow. It’s about having the courage to fall, get back up, brush yourself off and say, “I’m going to try again.”

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I’ve been asked by several people, “why do you do it?” Why do I take on challenges instead of living my life with a perpetual routine? Right now, I’m training for a marathon, teaching, and editing my novel.

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“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”  Tina Fey

I have always been that kid standing at the top of the waterslide. Heck, I never even dared climbing the steps to get to the top. But as I get older the need to open myself up to new experiences has grown.

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So you have a goal. You want to lose weight, write a novel, learn to speak Chinese, or maybe run a marathon. Here are 5 Keys to help you meet your goal.

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  • Even when my mind screams no, I don’t want to run I just have to put one foot in front of the other until I feel better. Keep going!
  • When I look up at the TV’s and see reality shows or the news I’m a lot less motivated than when I watch athletes or ads for fitness videos. Surround myself with positive influences.
  • When someone runs next to me I work a little harder. Sharing similar goals with another person motivates me.
  • If I listen to the same music every day I get bored and don’t push myself. However, just one  funky holiday song in September (Glee Christmas album-All I want for Christmas) can make me run much faster. Add a fresh twist to a routine and my outlook changes.
  • If I get on the treadmill without a plan of how many miles I will accomplish in a week I always stop at or before 3.1 miles. Never improving. Set a goal to see if I can reach it. Who knows how far I can go?