Thursday, January 3, 2013

Goals! Not Resolutions

All this talk about "resolutions" and "goals" lately has caused me to really think hard about my goals for this year regarding prep and competing. As I've mentioned before, I'm not really a fan of "New Year's Resolutions," mostly because not only do they usually get broken within the first 30 days of the year, I don't understand the concept of waiting to start something. If you want something badly enough, you'll just do it. (Right, Nike?)

I do, however, think it's important to have goals all year round in many aspects of your life. I decided to set some goals for this upcoming competition season:

  • Remain positive throughout prep. Note that I didn't write, "Don't be negative" cuz that would be negative. I was SO crabby last year during prep, and I hated it! Oh, the irony of that statement. I couldn't figure out why I felt so negative. And after 6 months of introspection ... I still can't figure it out. This year, I'm going to really focus on finding the silver lining and keeping my thoughts positive. Even when I feel like crap.
  • Approach each workout with enthusiasm, not dread. I have high hopes that I'll be able to achieve this goal; however, it may become extremely difficult closer to the competition. When my energy is low throughout the day, I dread my workout, wondering how I'll ever find the strength to get through it. I need to just keep reminding myself that I've never NOT found the strength. Therefore, it's hidden within me somewhere and I just need to trust that I will get through it. Because I always do.
  • Play nice with others. See also: "Remain positive throughout prep." I'm going to strive to work on my patience level.
  • Bring my absolute best to the stage. This is a goal I've always had ever since I began competing. I always want to bring my best to the stage and know that I did everything I possibly could do to achieve my best look. There have been times that I haven't looked my best on stage, and it's a humbling experience, one I don't ever want to repeat again if I can help it.
I've already started working on these goals and continue to remind myself of them every day. Here's to a positive and successful prep!

Do you set goals? What are some of your 2013 life and/or competition goals?


  1. Hay I posted my goals post today too. Great minds....
    I always make one "resolution" that's in line with my goals, and I make a separate list of goals. They're two different things in my mind.
    Your goals are great and I cannot wait to see how you do this year. I have probably said this to you in one out of every five comments I leave for you but I"m sayin it again. *ahem* You are such an inspiration.

    Totally unrelated: Where your comment box is for this post is directly in between your maryland pic on the left and arnold pic on the right. You're killin it in both, but your maryland pic is striking. I LOVE that dark hair on you too.

    OK now i'm done. bye.
    Happy New Year to you and J and the pup(s)?

    1. Thanks! Goals and resolutions are different in my mind too. Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  2. Yeah!! Haha, this is so funny... I was just working on a post about my goals for prep. :)
    My big one is also your big one, working on the negative thoughts and strive to not over-think prep. :)

  3. Hi Kari :)

    i've just discovered your blog and really like it, because you are authentic and I can identify myself with you in many situations. I have never competed before, but it's my dream. I've been lifting weights and eating clean for 3 years, it has become a lifestyle! Now i'm aiming to make one step forward:) I think competing is an expensive hobby, I'm 21 and still have a lot of work to do!

    But this year I want to push myself to get in the best shape I can. This is my goal, not a resolution (I can't take resolutions seriously). Even i'm not prepping for a competition, I want to be leaner, gain some muscles/lose some fat (i've never seen my abs :P) but particularly want to prove myself that I have the power, the determination, the strength and the willpower to change.

    You're such an inspiration to me.. and you look fabulous!

    Happy New Year and stay positive ;)


    PS: Sorry my english is not so good!

  4. Resolutions are ridiculous. Goals baby!! :) I am with you on learning the mental and emotional discipline of positivity and joy. Negativity is a cancer that kills you. 2013 is about to be overtaken. :)