If there’s something big you want to accomplish – losing weight, getting stronger, training for an event – does it feel overwhelming? Unless you’re seasoned at tackling big fitness goals, of course it does. That’s why breaking a big goal down into small pieces is one of the best ways to not only get started, but meet your goal.
One day a few years ago I realized I was weak. My neck had been injured in a car accident and I became afraid of hurting myself. Although I had lifted for years before the accident, I no longer trusted weight lifting because I had flare ups after lifting. But feeling weak grated on me. I complained. I worried. And I wasn’t sure I could ever really be strong again.
It was serendipity when one day I saw a sign at the gym for a one-time class on core training. For some reason I became determined to do it, and little did I know how that decision was to change the course of my life dramatically. After that one class, I decided to join another ongoing class lifting weights. And slowly I began rebuilding my confidence – and my strength – starting with two-pound weights.
It was months before I was confident enough to move up to 5-pound weights. But after awhile my neck began to feel better. I knew I didn’t have to baby it anymore, that working up slowly had built enough strength to protect it. Eventually I quit the class and started lifting on my own again. And all of these small steps led to starting my blog, which led to becoming a personal trainer.
Everything I have accomplished with my body – and my life – has been the result of a series of small steps. Every gain in my muscle, body fat, balance, strength has been the result of decisions. Do I go heavier and push it or continue the same way? Do I keep eating out or cut back? I’ll always be a work in progress of course – everyone can improve. So I continue to take small steps and decisions every single day and for every goal, be it to do more pull ups or sit ups, hold my plank longer, or squat more weight. Even learning new things, which I’m constantly doing, involves small steps.
Last year I attended the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in Boulder, being held again this year June 22-24 at the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness. This relatively small step led to meeting other bloggers and fitness professionals, expanding my knowledge, and giving me a valuable experience I’ll never forget. I’m attending again this year courtesy of MeYouHealth and really can’t wait to see how this small step will impact my life positively.
If you’ve benefited from taking small steps to reach a goal – or if you’re struggling and need inspiration and ideas – join myself, MeYouHealth, and the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference for a Twitter chat this Wednesday, March 28th at 9 pm Eastern time (#FHBC12). We’ll talk about how to think and act small in order to achieve big results.
How have you taken small steps to reach a goal? Is there a goal that seems overwhelming to you? Drop me a comment, join our chat, or send me an email to connect.