Today is my 39th Birthday. Age is just a number, and being 39 doesn’t bother me in the slightest. In my head I’m still 18 (probably a bit younger, if I’m honest). I still view the world with a slight rose tint; a teenage optimism that one day people will realise we are not the be all and end all when it comes to the planet and that we are, as the great Carl Sagan said, a pale blue spot, insignificant in the greater scheme of the universe; ever hopeful that we’ll be kinder to each other and stop our petty squabbles.
My 30s have been life changing. I started them overweight, unhealthy, facing being type 2 diabetic by this time, in a stressful job that made me fantastically unhappy and ill, and smoking like a chimney. I’m leaving my 30s being healthier and smaller than ever, moving better (apart from the pesky ankle that is taking forever to heal fully), running my own business and being much happier than I have been in a very long time. and next year i will be smoke free for 9 years. It’s hard to believe Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness will be 2 years old in April….time flies!
Life is good, and it’s only going to get better. My 40s are going to rock!!!!!
Most people set resolutions and goals in the New Year (why do we wait? Do it now, people), but for me, particularly over the last few years, I’ve used my birthday as my goal setting marker. In the beginning of doing this, these goals had little focus but in the past couple of years I’ve learned that goal setting needs laser focus and relevance (and as Andrew Read would say, a good system, particularly important for fitness goals – he did a great article for Breaking Muscle on this recently). So this morning, while eating my bacon butties for breakfast (it is my birthday after all) I set my goals for the coming year, and started to think about systems to achieve them. I have two lists of 10 major goals, personal and business, and these just give me a focus to work towards for the next twelve months. If I hit all 10 on each list, brilliant, if I don’t, I review how close I got, what I did that works (and most importantly what didn’t work) and what I can do to achieve it in the next year. More often than not, I get in my own way by having a confidence crisis or letting outside factors dictate my mindset; things which I still work on daily and am more mindful of, now. It’s a good practice to make a habit of listing and reviewing things you want to achieve and, while I do go off piste quite often, I am always surprised how many things I tick off my major yearly goals list at the end of the year.
So this year is mainly about getting back to full function after injury, moving better, hitting my obstacle course races and generally improving myself physical and mentally.
So don’t wait until New Year to set goals, or write a list of what you want to achieve. Do it now, do it when the moment of ‘I want this and this to happen by x date’ hits, and put it somewhere where you can see it/find it with ease (mine is in my daily journal). Look at it often and figure out how you are going to start on that path to achieving those things. It just takes one small step to get started, and that’s the hardest one.
A huge thanks to everyone who’s left a birthday message on social media/email/text, much appreciated. Forgive me if I don’t respond to people today (I wasn’t going to do any work but that lasted all of ten minutes), but I’m taking the day off and I’m going to enjoy some cake.
As always, be kind to yourself, you rock \m/