The answer is actually quite simple, right? It went exactly where we placed it!
When it comes to taking positive steps to enhance our lives or our fitness pursuits, it’s easy to put things off. After all, if you wait until February, what’s the harm? Or maybe April is a better time to get started anyway, right? And actually, now that we’re into May, the summer is practically upon us, so the fall makes a lot more sense as a launching point. So the year goes by and we’re all back in the same spot. Except we’re not really “all” back in the same spot, as the best of our competitors (personally and professionally) actually put their foot down, drew a line in the sand, committed to a start date and then made it a reality.
When it comes to health and wellness pursuits, delays come easy. If we don’t exercise today, nothing “bad” happens. If we take a week off, we aren’t struck by lightning. If we wait until next month to get started, we aren’t suddenly struck down. However, it eventually does catch up with us.
That may be part of the draw of an advanced certification or degree, a big race or a new pursuit at work. These activities provide a clear purpose – a direction that centers the rest of your life. You put your stake in the ground with your name on it, and the oncoming water flows around it, clearing room for the purpose you bring to the table.
As you look ahead to 2015, how will this year be different? We don’t control the outcomes – but we do control the daily choices and the purpose toward which those choices take us. In what ways will you adjust those choices in the coming year so that at this point next year, when someone says “Where did the year go?” you can answer with confidence and a smile: “Exactly where I put it!”
Brad Cooper, MSPT, MBA, ATC, CWC is CEO of US Corporate Wellness (www.USCorporateWellness.com), one of only 9 national firms to earn Full Accreditation as a Comprehensive Wellness Provider, and the Co-founder of the Catalyst Coaching Institute (www.CatalystCoachingInstitute.com), which provides the nationally recognized CWC (Certified Wellness Coach) certification. He is a 7-time Ironman, including 3 times at Kona and a top Masters Runner. In 2015, he will be competing in the 3,000+ mile Race Across America (RAAM) as part of a 2-person team and attempting to run the fastest ever marathon by a RAAM competitor in the same calendar year. He can be reached at BCooper@USCorporateWellness.com.