Sometimes when I think about the last year I get this vision in my head of Bill Murray from the movie “What About Bob” in that movie he has a ton of issues and the way that he overcomes them is to constantly tell himself “baby steps” as he does things.
Starting where I did they amount of distance between myself and most of the workouts at Rx was vast. I could not look at them and think that I would be there in any imaginable amount of time. So I had to think of things in Baby Steps, I set goals and worked towards those. Yes Fran is Rx at 95 pounds, but this time I’m doing it at 65, ok next time I want to do 75 and so on. My life was a constant climb up a stairway of these small goals. Sometimes today it is hard for me to visualize the workouts that I used to do, and the way that I struggled to get through them. Things that I could not even do at the beginning I now think of as being part of warming up for a more intense WOD. Walking into Capital City in July of 2011 I needed to set small goals, but I had one big goal. I wanted to lose 50 pounds by the time of the wedding I was going to be in that fall. I knew it would be hard but to get there I put up lots of smaller goals. I wanted to be able to run the warm up 400 meters without stopping, that took me a month or so. I wanted to be able to do 10 pushups unbroken, another few weeks. I wanted to be able to learn various movements and each day I came in and took another “Baby Step” towards that goal. The importance of setting these small goals was simple. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day when your finish line is far away. Too easily we get discouraged by the distance between where we are and where we want to be. If you walk into the gym never having done a pull up and say I want to do 21 unbroken pull ups as part of a WOD, you will have a long journey from here to there. But if you break that up, set goals of moving from one color band to another, then getting your kip down. After that getting one pull up without a band, getting a couple, and eventually you will get to 21, you won’t get discouraged when it takes a long time because you have victories all along the way. In the last year I cannot count how many of these goals I have accomplished. From learning movements, to running my fastest mile ever, then beating that by a minute, and then beating that time by over a minute. Competing in the Open and doing things that I didn’t think I could do before the workouts were announced, wearing smaller clothes, lifting heavier weights, and becoming more flexible. All of these areas needed goals that pushed me forward. Today over a year into this incredible journey I still set goals for myself. I am currently working on being able to do a strict Handstand Pushup to full depth, I’m still chasing that 400 lb back squat, and 300 lb front squat. I’m close to both and working hard to get there before the new year. I’m also getting better at double unders and have put together longer and longer sets unbroken. Goals drive me forward, I try to have goals that are both grand in scale and goals that are broken up so I can celebrate the victories along the way. More and more I find myself enjoying the moments of these new victories, I work hard for them and each accomplishment is a chance to celebrate the new life that I have created for myself. These goals keep me going, they push my forward when things get tough and motivate me when I’m feeling down. Sometimes the push towards a goal can be the difference between a good day and a bad one, even when I don’t accomplish it, just knowing that I’m one more “Baby Step” closer can be all that I need to lift my mood a bit. So I’ll keep setting goals and you should too, write them down and take a look at them from time to time. Share them with your friends and ask them about their goals, keep each other going and in the end you’ll find that you’ve gone further than you ever thought possible. I did, and it’s all because I kept telling myself that it’s all about those baby steps. Thanks Bill, couldn’t have done it without you.