Well Achievers, it happened, over 100 Blueberry Lemonade smoothies were sold in the month of May! We did it!! Chances are quite good that if you were in the gym at the same time as myself within the last month you heard me exuberantly chatting about how my goal was to sell 100 of the smoothie concoction I crafted for May. While it was a fun, and often very silly endeavor and experience, there is actually a lot to be taken about goal setting from this month long experiment!
Goal setting is important. Goals give focus and direction to your fitness, career, relationship, and overall life journey. Goals provide a foundation of why you’re doing what you’re doing and often can serve as motivation to keep pushing when challenges and adversity arise, which they will. At the core of choosing a goal, it helps to have a destination that matters to you.
A few years ago, I was taking yoga classes pretty consistently once or twice a week to supplement my running and lifting. The Tuesday morning instructor was everything you hoped and dreamed your yoga teacher would be. She was one of those genuinely wonderful people who radiated joy and warmth and made you feel immediately welcome and at ease. She created a space that invited you in, and she beamed with an energy that you wanted to tuck into your pocket and carry with you for the rest of the day.
One of the things I remember her reinforcing again and again (in addition to encouraging us to make LOUD ujjayi breaths that she could hear from across the room) was to respect where our bodies were on a given day and even at a given time of the day. The class was at 7AM, and most people were still stiff from their slumbers—it wasn’t necessarily the time to force our spines into a full wheel pose. It was heading into the middle of the work week, and most of us were working desk jobs that stiffened our joints and had responsibilities and deadlines that weighed heavily on our minds.