Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Goals are a very c ommon thought this time of year …goals set, goals met, goals failed. Setting goals can be bittersweet since it often seems that we do not succeed. What I find interesting is that most people have goals but the goals are vague such as I want to be successful, financially stable, in shape, a better significant other, a better parent, etc. What does this mean? Does making $100 more next year mean that you're financially stable? Does losing 5 pounds mean you're in shape? How will you know when you have reached your goals?

Not only that but most of these people do not know where they want to be in 20 years, 10 years, or even in 5 years. If you don't have a clear picture of where you want to end up or who you want to be, how can you know if the goals you are setting today are in line with where you want to go? The steps you take today may be taking you off the path you should be following.

So many people seem to float through life wishing for the "I made it" moment. But without a concrete picture of what that is, they may actually experience it and not even realize what they have. More often they go through the motions of life without a passion, plan, or purpose.

A mentor of mine recommends what he calls the "Starbucks Moment" (they don't have CC's where he lives). Every three months he goes to the coffee shop with a journal and writes for at least three hours, uninterrupted, about where he will be in 10, 5, 2, and 1 years. He uses present tense and covers all aspects of his life: professional, personal, financial, spiritual, physically, relationally, where he lives, what he has, where he's going. He works his way backwards from where he wants to be to what he has to do now to get there. It truly is an eye opening exercise and helps with goal setting and focus.

You have to be passionate about what you do. It sadde ns me that it is such a rare thing for people to find what they are truly meant to do in life. They work in jobs they don't care about and don't enjoy just watching the clock for the time they can go home. There is someone I know who for the last eight years has only talked about the day they can retire and they don't have to work in their field anymore; they still have 5 more years to go! That's miserable! I am truly blessed to have found what I was meant to do. Thank you for allowing me to have a career that I am passionate about, where I feel like I am making a difference in people's lives, and that is just a lot of fun. My sincere hope is that you are just as blessed to find your purpose.

I can honestly say that if I didn't have to work, I would still be doing what I'm doing. I think that's what it boils down to, what would you do if you didn't have to work? After all the vacations, toys, projects, and just lounging around, what would you do with your life? My husband and I were talking about it; sure there are things we could be doing other than the fitness business. But we came to the conclusion that life's too short and we spend too much time at work to do something that we don't enjoy and don't feel like we are having a positive impact on others' lives.

Here are some quotes I want to share with you and hopefully they inspire you like they inspired me.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."—John Eldredge

Purpose without Passion is a daydream; Passion without Purpose is a nightmare. Individuals could realize far more success from their passion if they take the time to understand, crystallize and clarify their purpose of life. --Unknown

"Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you."— Bill Cosby

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." --Zig Ziglar

Again, thank you for allowing us to serve you here at Foxy's and to help make dreams a reality. My sincere wish is that you too find your purpose and go after that with passion. Set your goals and spend this year making them come true.

Happy 2015!

Jen

Categories: Fitness, inspiration, Life

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