If you know me, or you’ve read Piloting Paper Airplanes for more than a hot second, you know that headline is a lie.
While we’re at it, you might also know that I really don’t like lying. I have trouble telling the smallest lie and I’m not good at it, so I rarely attempt it. (Plus, you know, the integrity of honesty. Always that too.)
But let me explain.
It seems every blog, every article, even every tweet I see has to do with goals, resolutions, commitments and challenges. My blogosphere is filled with
resolutions that cleverly include 13, new weekly challenges, this year I will ___ and so much more.
Truth is, I’m exhausted just reading them all!
This coming from a woman who loves challenges, check lists, 30–day program this, 40–day program that, training schedules, run stats, etc.
Yet I sit here worn out – and I haven’t completed a single resolution yet. Inspired, sure; and thinking some of you are a bit nuts. 🙂
My question is, are we on challenge overload?
I am fortunate to be part of some fantastic online communities of seriously fit people. We are goal–oriented people motivated by progress. We set goals and complete training plans and finish races all year.
Many of us are also bloggers. There is a temptation to translate the social media buzzwords of community, followers and engagement into programs or challenges as the next tool to grow our blogs.
Please understand, I love – and have participated in – group challenges. I’ve been toying with some ideas for Piloting Paper Airplanes. So the last few days, as I’ve found myself uninspired and leery of participating in resolution–type programs from some great bloggers, I had to take a step back.
I went from wanting to do EVERYTHING to not being interested in any of them.
While we’re all motivated and excited about starting fresh with a new year, I just want to throw a caution out there (or “challenge you?” Eh?) about doing too much. My two cents:
- Stay true to your goals.
What are your fitness priorities this year? Races? Weight loss? Injury recovery? Make sure the challenges you commit to – primarily talking about group things here – stay true to your personal priorities.
- Keep It Simple.
Stay reasonable with the goals, resolutions and challenges you commit to. This is an obvious one; we all hear it, we all know it, many of us write about it. But seriously. Do it. Challenge yourself, but don’t set yourself up to fail either.