As the year comes to a close, we often find ourselves resolving to do things different in the new year. But how often do we really stay on track with those resolutions? Girls Gone Strong encourages you to make a pledge, a commitment, to be the best possible version of YOU in 2013. Having a GOAL as opposed to a RESOLUTION can really help create a sense of achievement and ambition.
Instead of resolving to exercise more, make a commitment to taking care of your body. Rather than resolving to eating better, make a pledge to only eat whole foods 90% of the time. Make this pledge or commitment every single day. Write it in a journal and record your thoughts daily to ensure you stay on task and follow through with your goals.
To inspire your pledge, we have compiled some of our personal pledges for 2013. Thank you for being a part of our 2012, and for inspiring us to strive for the strongest version of ourselves.
All the very best to you and yours in the New Year!
In 2013, I pledge to continue my commitment to the following:
Mind: Learning and Practicing Peace –> Whether it be reading a little each day for perspective, faith and inspiration. To mitigate allowing something or someone to disturb my mind / emotions. To do my best not to sweat things that I can’t control or things that won’t necessarily matter a week from now, a month from now or a year from now.
Body: Training–> To continue keeping yoga in my mix weekly, to maintain strong strength to weight ratios and get my sweat & music fix with a good run. (Still aiming for handstands, scorpion pose, muscle ups and human flag)
Spirit: To play more –> While I’ll always continue to hustle, I want to make time to play more with friends and loved ones.
My goals for 2013 include the following:
1. Be more organized so my mind can relax. I have a tendency to be a bit scattered and this prevents my brain from ever shutting off. I have some organizational books that I plan to read and implement immediately to give me more peace of mind and down time.
2. To take even better care of myself. From my relatively recent back pain to managing my Hashimoto’s, PCOS, and Adrenal Dysfunction, I want to focus even more time and energy on getting healthier from the inside out. I think the organizational goal from above will allow me more time to sleep, and it will also allow me to stress less, both of which will have huge impacts on my overall health.
3. To focus my energy on the highest-yielding tasks. Whether those tasks yield enjoyment, money, strength, peace of mind, etc. I want to focus the majority of my energy on the few tasks that yield the greatest results.
4. Be more present. This one is tough for me since my mind is always going a million miles a minute and I am always excited about the future. This is a constant work in progress.
5. Help more people. This goals seems somewhat vague, and I guess it is. But I plan on growing my brick-and-mortar business (J&M Strength and Conditioning) a lot this year. I also plan on ensuring that the GGS movement continues to grow and reach more women. Finally, I have several exciting information products coming out in the new year that I believe will be of a lot of value to a lot of people. So even if it’s hard to directly measure, I have to believe that I will help WAY more people in 2013 than I did in 2012.
2013 is going to be a BIG year. I am so excited about all of the things that are to come and have to remind myself to stay focused and continue my hustle. Some of my areas of focus for the coming year:
1. Write more. This is a goal I strive to achieve every day of every year that passes. Writing is not only my livelihood, but my deepest passion as well–and no matter how much I write, it’s never enough. 2013 is going to entail so many new projects, that I have to keep my writing mojo in check. Not only do I want to write more blogs, articles and work on projects, but I pledge to be more regular with my journal writing as well.
2. Do more Yoga. At the moment, I’m lucky if I get to class once a week. My travel schedule has been downright obscene, which means that I don’t get to my yoga studio as often as I’d like, and so far my attempts at finding suitable classes on the road have proved unfruitful. While I do practice on my own while I am out of town, I very much enjoy the energy of a group practice. This coming year, I pledge to do whatever it takes to make my yoga practice more regular, because it is that integral to my overall wellness.
3. Spend more time with my son. While I see Isaac all the time, I’m not sure we spend enough quality time together. I have been so overwhelmed with work and school, that I’ve forgotten to play. Next year, I pledge to do more fun activities with Isaac, take him to more parks and museums, and spend more time reading with him.
4. Commit to loving my body. As I mentioned before, the travel has been insane. While jet-setting is exciting, and staying active on the road isn’t that tough to do, it still takes a toll on your body. I’m not in the same shape I was in when I started this year, mostly due to the fact that I eat out far too often and my training sessions have turned into “workouts” due to travel…and I’ve been drinking too much wine ;). But the problem is not the shape I’m in, it’s how I’ve beaten myself up about it. I am committing to nourishing my body without berating my soul, and that starts now.
5. Stay Strong. As I mentioned above, travel has taken a toll on my body, and although I always stay active, I have lost quite a bit of strength. It’s easy to workout in a hotel gym or get in some sprints on the beach-but what about my big lifts? What about my absolute strength? I pledge in 2013 to keep strength as my main training focus, no matter where in the world I happen to be.
6. Become a better version of myself. Every minute of every day. Period.