Training Tool: Calendar

We’ve moved past January where everyone has their new resolutions and goals for the new year.  Now we’re back into the swing of things where everything is back to normal.  But is it really?

Here in Wisconsin the winter is not too popular for most people.  That’s a topic for another post, but what I’m trying to say is that there’s a sense of excitement for the rest of the year, and more specifically for the arrival of spring.  Then summer!  And if you wait until that warm weather to start getting into shape or to start training for your first half marathon, it will be too late or too stressful.

What if… What if you put some goals on to the calendar this week and started to work backwards with your training to start your foundation now!

A close friend has approached me to become his personal trainer for an event this spring.  The time to start training is now.  Our plan is to put a detailed calendar together full of benchmarks and goals.  Isn’t this how all other industries work?  Goals for sales, scores in the classroom, votes, articles written, or audience approval rating.  Effective leaders and producers work off a schedule organized on a calendar.

The same should be measured for fitness goals.  I’m excited to put this calendar together for him, and I’ll be doing one for myself pretty soon also.  This year I’ll be running at least two races this spring and probably one in the fall.  And although I’m an experience runner in both the half and the full marathon, I want to take my training to a new level like I did last year.  The calendar of my training goals and training log will help me to that end.

What will it look like?  Stay tuned.

What about you?  What kind of calendar could you produce and hang in your office that would move you towards achieving some worthy goals?  For example:

  • number of books to read this year
  • number of hiking trials to finish
  • different restaurants to try
  • different blog posts to write
  • hand written letters to friends and family
  • number of dates with your spouse

CHALLENGE: Pick one area of your life where you want to see some significant progress this year.  Create a calendar that will track your goals and your accomplishments and let us know how you’re making your calendar work for you.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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