What Do You Do When "IT" Gets
In The Way of Your Goals
My husband and I signed up for an eight-week challenge. The goal was to create the habit of fitness while reeling in the nutrition to lose body fat percentage. The day we signed on the dotted line and had our initial body fat weigh in I asked my husband, “What’s your goal?” His answer, “To win.” “Me, too!” I replied. And that was it.
On Sunday, they announced the winners of the challenge. And guess what? We won! Marcus took the gold, and I got silver. I’m a goal getter. Always have been. It’s not expected or required. For me it’s intrinsic. But drive me with a competition in an eight-week challenge with my husband for accountability, and I’ll STRIVE for victory every time. It’s my great strength, but out of balance will knock me dead. There’s a key word in their…STRIVE. What I want to share with you is how to win, even when life gets in the way.Winning this challenge was not without obstacle. Our circumstances were less than perfect. There were legit ‘excuses’ that could have derailed us. We traveled out of state two of the eight weeks. The rules required you work out four days a week. We were at the mercy of meals we didn’t prepare and to win we obviously needed to keep our nutrition tight. Our kids were still home on summer break, and a vacation mindset is not usually the one that creates strong shoulders and tight abs. But the goal to reach the goal is not just plow through and bulldoze everyone on the way to the top. I mean, I’ve done it like that before, and the sweet smell of victory actually stinks. For me, the goal was to create a sustainable habit that enabled me to optimize my health, that would help me show up better in this life for the purposes I am called to and the people I love.
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4 NIV