A few weeks back, I posted about the passion to succeed that I’ve witnessed in Carla. After that post, Carla pulled me aside one night and mentioned to me that she is very serious about making real progress on the overhead squats that I focused on in my blog. In my years of working with athletes, I know there is a difference between someone talking about wanting to do something, and someone telling me that they are going to. Carla was doing the latter.
When I followed up with her to schedule a time to meet, she not only illustrated a specific goal but she also went as far as to put together a public declaration explaining it. Here’s what she had to say:
Last year on my birthday I set a fitness goal for the upcoming year. I didn’t tell anyone because it was embarrassingly basic: to do lunges holding weight over my head. For a variety of reasons (surgeries, life’s ongoing wear and tear), I wasn’t able to propel forward from my left toes. But, I plugged away at lunges with no weights, then lunges holding weights first at my sides and then on my shoulders, then some adhesion broke free in my foot and I was able to do overhead lunges. Then, I realized that if I could do lunges, I could probably do burpees, which I’d never been able to do. Yup. Two achievements out of one goal.
So now I have another birthday coming up and it’s a big birthday so I need a big, public fitness goal. In a past blog post, Peter shared my struggle with overhead squats. I do them wrong in so many ways! If I could do overhead squats properly, I’m sure there will be all kinds of side benefits. Here’s my new slightly less embarrassingly basic fitness goal: By November 23 2015, I will be able to do an overhead squat with perfect form holding a 35lb bar.
There are many lessons that any of us could take away from Carla’s motivation. The most important might be that, no matter what you want to accomplish, if you’re not dedicated to taking actionable steps in getting there, it is not going to happen.
I can’t wait to see the progress that I know Carla is going to make over the coming year, and I hope that watching her chase her goals helps to light a fire under other people’s butts too!