When you don’t quite meet your goals…

Every morning when I get up, I review my goals. I have year long goals I am working on and then I break them down into smaller supposedly more manageable targets on a weekly basis. This is where the ten minute exercise chunks I was supposed to be doing came from – but this week I have completely failed to do any exercise at all. I have also not been drinking enough water and have reverted to consuming rather too much Coke Zero.

It has been a busy week, but honestly, I have had time to exercise. I just didn’t feel like it.

 Not so long ago I would have been really angry at myself for my lack of activity and seen it as a sign of laziness and personal failure but actually I am now rather proud of myself for it. Getting healthier, fitter and stronger is still my goal but this week for whatever reason I just didn’t have the energy or the inclination to pursue it and that is okay. In fact, it is more than okay. I actually listened to my body and my mind and decided that I would take a break this week. Maybe I will get back into the routine next week, maybe the week after, maybe even the week after that. It doesn’t matter because I know I will get back to it in the end. 

One of the most important lessons I have learned on my journey so far is to try and connect to myself and take notice of what I am thinking and feeling. This week instead of getting up early and exercising, I have been getting up early and then curling up in the lounge under my favourite blanket with a big cup of coffee to read back over my journal. It has been a relaxing and encouraging start to the day that has helped me begin my day in a positive way and has been exactly what I needed this week.

I love setting goals for myself. It is one of the most useful strategies I have found for living a more purposeful life and I believe everyone can benefit from developing some broad goals to work towards -as long as they don’t become just another thing to feel guilty about! 

Reaching for goals should be a positive experience – it should be something that fulfils and energises, not something that offers ammunition for that critical, nagging part of ourselves to latch onto. If you are working towards a goal and you feel as though you need a break – take a break. Treat yourself with kindness and know that if your goal is important enough, you will get back on track in the end.


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