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Goals and Finish Lines

According to Wikipedia, “A goal is an idea of the future or a desired result that a person or a group of people envision, plan, and commit to achieve. People endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.”  I guess that’s us. We’re that group of people with a common goal of moving more. Although we are all aiming for our own “magic number”  – 365, a double, a triple, an Xtreme – we are working towards it together. That’s the thing I love about this challenge. That’s what makes it so special. There are hundreds of fitness challenges out there – but nothing like this. You are the reason this challenge is special. You are the reason that so many people meet or exceed their goals. You are the reason that I made it through my first year as owner of the challenge.

I see you. I see you encouraging each other. I see you cheering each other on. I see you helping others find motivation or inspiration. I see you offering tips and tricks to another member facing a challenge. I see you offering support for members with injuries. I see you. And I’m more grateful than you know.

So, if that group is us, then I guess December 31st is that Deadline thing it mentioned. I hate that word. That sounds like something bad. Let’s change it to “Finish Line”! We’re reaching the finish line of the 365MC 2020. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. What if you didn’t make your “magic number”? If you’re close, then know that there’s still almost 2 weeks left! If you’re not close, then I want you to be proud of what you’ve accomplished, but don’t be satisfied. I know a secret that will help.

The secret is…there’s a new start line after every finish line! We are only about two weeks away from the new start line and it’s the perfect time for a “do over”. I can’t even count how many people (me included) who have come back, year after year, and reached a higher goal each time. Some people just want to keep the support and reminders from the group for motivation to keep moving, so they stay with us as well. Whatever your future goals, we can accomplish them together.

So, what’s the takeaway here? I think it’s that those of us who reached our original goals, those of us who reached our revised goals, and those of us who didn’t quite reach their magic number but moved more and had some fun, did that together. We – as a group – “endeavored to reach a goal” and we made progress together. I couldn’t be more grateful. But, now we’re coming up on the finish line…or is it a starting line?

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