Yesterday, I received this email from my son. He was home on semester break, sitting in the basement, when he sent it to me with a copy to his dad and brother. We’ve done “family challenges” before (see a holiday challenge) and often use emails to get it started.
For a handful of reasons including the fact that I would like my parents to live past the age of 65, Jack to suck in that gut and so I can put on a little weight as well as run more than a mile without my lungs collapsing, I think we should have a family workout competition. What I’m thinking is that on a week to week basis we would have a workout requirement of 3 days. Your workout could be anything of your choosing, swimming, running, soccer, weights, yoga. But there will have to be approval from the other family members (sorry mom walking around the block does not count). The consequence for not meeting the weekly quota will be a $5 penalty that will go into a pot. This is obviously on the honor system of the parties involved so mom and dad no cheating. I think the best method would be to set goals for ourselves to reach in 4-5 months from now and the person(s) who reach those goals will split the pot. Just a thought, let me know what you guys think about it.
The thing is each of us already started to set personal goals, but it’s so easy to make excuses to oneself. It’s much harder to come up with an excuse when you have a “Goal Buddy”. We’ve all agreed to start the challenge next Monday.
Last weekend, I met Pat Schmatz, award winning author of Bluefish, who shared her interesting twist on having a goal buddy. As a writer, she’s developed a number of strategies to keep herself on track. My favorite is her Sunday night phone calls from her writing goal buddy. On the call, they set their goals for the week and review their goals from the previous. No excuses are allowed. I suspect they are both pretty political because if they don’t meet their goal, they need to send $5 to the political party they do not support. It’s working for them. They’ve never had to ante up the $5. When setting their weekly goals, they also question each other if they seem unrealistic.
Making sure your goals are achievable is an essential part of the process. Success will help keep you working and moving forward. Everyone in my family has until Monday to tweak their goals.
I think mine will have something to do with weight loss… muscle strength….maybe chocolate. I try and work chocolate into everything I do.
This Week: Find a goal buddy to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions.