Potential, Care, Respect, Tenacity, First, Smile, Strength, Perseverance, Growth, Grateful, Mindful, Positive,
Respect, Commitment, Consistency, Constant, Fearless
To me they have new meaning after our Athleta 2016 Set Your Intentions event. I set the framework for the day by talking about resolutions versus intentions (see my blog on it below). I asked the women to engage their brains and add in a result instead of writing a phrase like 'lose weight'. I talked about cleaning house and getting our mind, body and environment ready for 2016.
I shared that my word for 2016 is potential. I feel like at 51 I still have untapped potential. I need to take specific actions but some of the goals I have set for myself and shared with others have shown me that those around me also believe I have untapped potential. My running target for the year is to go under 20 minutes for a 5K. That means some focused workouts, less fluffy run days and additional strength. It can all be done.
I also feel like there is untapped potential for my coaching business. This past fall I decided to start a women's group called Upstate Warriors. For me it is a chance to share my knowledge with a group and maybe get some new women into the sport. Before Halloween I applied for a grant through Women for Tri (under the Ironman umbrella). This month I found out that I was one of the recipients! This meant that the potential I saw was also seen by others! Sometimes you need to share your visions and dreams as they will be validated by those around you.
There is also potential to grow with my family. As my boys are getting older every year - boo hoo - we face new challenges and opportunities. Middle and High school are such pivotal times and I want them to see the potential in every choice they make. Not a day goes by that somehow they don't make me proud. I need to make sure they know it and use it as fuel for even greater accomplishments. My husband has had a tough career year. He too needs to see his own potential and not be afraid to go after what he really wants. My goal is to create that environment where we can all be growing, facing challenges, staying strong, hmmm I see a theme as I steal some of the words used on Saturday!
The 30 women in attendance all wrote down words that could be an umbrella for their goals and targets in 2016. The above words were only a few of those shared. We laughed, clapped and cried together as each woman in the group spoke. Talk about inspirational. I walked away feeling great about 2016. The wonderful team of women at our Athleta store (who also participated) are already planning a follow on event. We want to continue to grow together and support each other over the course of 2016 and beyond.
You can set your own intentions for 2016. Stop by the Athleta store in Crossgates Mall (or at any store across the country) and pick up a card. Write your intentions and join us as we move forward without fear, being grateful and mindful and always with a smile on our faces.