One of my favorite parts about December (beside the holiday season), is the fact that I get to start my 2019 planning. Yes, the time to start thinking about your 2019 goals is now, not on New Year’s Eve or, January first. I write a lot of different goals for myself…career goals, financial goals, personal relationship goals, and of course, running goals. I will be sharing my running goals on this blog come the new year but, I do want to emphasize the importance of having complex goals that mesh with all aspects of your beautifully dynamic life. Before you can write out your goals, you need to know your vision. While the vision I have had for my life has been consistent for the majority of my teenage and young adult life, it does change based on my growth and the expectations that I have for myself. My 2019 vision is in line with my 2018 vision, which is my overall theme of excellence. After joining the New Balance running team, in 2017, I came across the meaning of beta. As you guys have seen all over this blog and on my Instagram, “Always in Beta: a commitment to not rest on past success, but to be dedicated in our focus to continually push forward, to improve, and to continually deliver our best”. Beta is a promise of excellence and, it is the mindset that I strive to have. All of my goals are in line with this vision. What does beta entail? For me, beta means the following:
– No is not an acceptable answer.
– Failure is necessary for growth.
– Always be prepared to have a backup plan.
– Prepare for setbacks.
– Consistency is more important than motivation.
These are some of the founding truths that I aim to incorporate into my life. It is not always easy but, they are truths that I believe in, which makes it easier to follow my vision.
The second aspect of vision that is important to understand, is that it requires imagination. Your vision will be bland if you do not strive to think outside the box and set big goals for yourself. Take time each day, to get aligned with who you are and who you want to become.
I am very proud to be able to say that the person I imagined myself becoming when I was thirteen and fourteen, is the person that I am now. With that in mind, I also know how hard young Annette worked to make sure that the 26-year-old version of herself would make the 13-year-old me proud. It takes a lot of work and, you have to be willing to do it, even when challenges arise. Knowing this, I know what I need to do to get where I need to be at the end of 2019, and 2020, and when I am in my 30’s. Lot’s of hard work and, sticking to the vision.
What vision do you have for yourself? I hope your mind is full of visions of happiness, growth, and success as you start planning for the new year.
Happy running and, Happy New Years Eve, everyone!