Advice from a Maven

Sydney from Maven

Sydney G of Maven

Back in January we were fortunate enough to get one of our favourite Calgary boss babes, Sydney Guevremont of Maven to write an article for our newsletter, The Beat (sign up pretty much anywhere on our website).  It was early in 2018, and we even though the annual #newyearnewyou was still trending, we wanted a different take on attacking your rezzos, your goals, your fresh and shiny new promises to yourself.

And Sydney delivered.

Below is the article she wrote, which has relevance no matter the day of the week or month of the year it may be.

Bow Down to Starting Lines

When considering and setting goals, it's tough not to get caught up in the allure of the finish line. That shiny point in the future where things may be changed, different, improved. That point is an unknown. Will achieving that thing make you any happier? If you've set it from a place that's true to you, it likely will. What I do know is that any journey has it's setbacks, detours, and delays and is never linear, and it's important to focus on what is in your control. Realize what you have choice over, and consistently keep your eye on that finish line, but also see every day as a new starting line.

The starting line is just as important. It's a powerful place to be. It's ripe with possibility, butterflies, and excitement. It's really a mindset of looking at the challenges of your goal and seeing them with new perspective at every step. Once you've determined what it is you want to achieve and you're standing at the starting point, that first step can be the most overwhelming. While you're waiting for the start gun to go off, precious time is passing you by. What you must realize is that you are the one holding the gun, you are the only one with the power to choose that first step, and the next, and the next. So what's it going to be? Any small act that moves you forward will do.

And with every step and each day that passes, you step up to another starting line. Because what I know is that achieving what we want in this life is an exercise in consistently starting over. As sexy as the finish line is, give the starting line it's due.

Being the start of a new year, the messaging about making 2018 "the best yet" and "your year" is all up in your face. And that's okay. Many fitness and health professionals may even tell you "resolutions don't work", "why wait until the new year?", etc. And those are all fair points, there are no quick fixes, and you can start any time. But if you choose to start something new in January because you are motivated and excited, there is nothing wrong with that #doyou. In fact, starting toward a new goal any time is always possible, and you can certainly get a head start on your yearly goals before a new year hits, you just may need to be even more aware of some of the limiting factors and increased potential opportunities to make choices that are not aligned with your health goals, and extra willpower may be necessary.

As you look forward to 2018 and begin to think about all you'd like to achieve in the year. Take the time to really stand at the starting point, take in the view from the beginning, know that it takes kahunas to start. And take comfort that each day you carry on is another opportunity to stand there again and again and consider your next step.


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