Looking ahead on 2013, Marlyn and I are super excited to be guaranteed in the ING NYC Marathon. As nervous as we are, we hit the ground running!
Today, we focused on writing down new goals that will help us improve from last year’s results including what actions we’re taking to accomplish them. Here are our keywords for 2013.
Organizing a cluttered mind will probably be the toughest goal to overcome this year! For us, starting with a clear and stress-free mind ultimately leads to a minimalist lifestyle. We’ll begin this step by focusing on keywords every day, every week, and every month. Getting in focus is simple. Fighting off distractions is not! So every chance we get, we’ll be writing down keywords/ key goals that we would like to accomplish in our days/weeks/months, and just like this list our year! By simplifying your goals to a few keywords, we’re automatically discarding anything that doesn’t fall in line with them, and ultimately taking fewer steps to achieving success.
We recommend writing down your keywords for the year, and focus on what you can do each day with smaller goals to achieve the bigger ones!
Last year we got into running with a casual approach. We kind of ran whenever we felt like it and some months, only ran for the race we signed up for. Although we’re still proud of these accomplishments, we really want to make running an everyday activity. We spent an entire year paying monthly fees to a gym we rarely visited! Bottom line is, the only way to get better at running is to keep running! That’s another beauty of being a metropolitan minimalist. Running is exercise. Running is FREE! So our goal this year is to run everyday whether it’s a mile or 26.2!
Another area we strongly believe that needs improvement is our nutritional diet! Last year, we used the excuse that RUNNING meant we can eat whatever we wanted! AND WE SURE DID. I’m deeply in love with burgers, pizza, burritos, and fries. Don’t even get me started on that! However, after looking back on our experience running long distances, the food we ate really affected our performances. To better control our activities, we set out on an expensive grocery trip to fill our fridge and cabinets with the bare necessities of athlete’s FOOD. We’re under the impression now that we shouldn’t go on a diet or count calories; we should eat to run like filling up a car with gas to drive. Our goal is to monitor our food for fuel just as much as we monitor the miles we run!
4. SPEND TIME
Last year we spent a lot of money doing things that many tourists do in NYC. We also spent a lot of money shopping! How can you not? This is New York City baby! BUT- This year, we’d love to spend more time and less money. Obviously almost nothing is free in NYC, but the point is, we’d love to spend more time being together, with our friends, or even meeting new people. The goal is to spend time loving what we do together – not spend money on material things we love.
5. TAKE ACTION
It is what it is. You either do it, or you don’t. Fail or succeed! Our goal this year is to take every opportunity we can to achieve our goals because waiting for an opportunity is not getting it! Think about that for a moment.
Marlyn and I grew up in conservative families where we always hoped for the best and had faith. After realizing our potential just from moving to NYC and running in the NYRR races, we’ve realized that what we get is a direct result of the efforts we put in! So if you want that job, go get it! If you want that red sports car, go work for it! If you want to cross that finish line, go for it! Otherwise, waiting for results is just as good as saying ‘never-mind’.
We’re excited to share our experiences with you as we continue on this journey.
The success of achieving simple goals and improving our lives are where we draw inspiration for living a minimalist lifestyle. So let’s do this!
2013, here we go!