Sunday, September 1, 2013

Realizing and Defining My Priorities

I am so excited to get started on Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day PUSH Challenge as laid out in her book, PUSH.

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The book is all about building habits that help you achieve goals…

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and the first step, on Day 1, is to realize that we need to set goals that are based on our priorities.

And we need to realize and define our priorities.

I won’t say SET priorities, because I think we all already HAVE them… but Chalene prescribes an exercise that helps you discover and define them.  And then she walks you through another exercise to help you write a mission statement about your most important priority.

It reminds me of a meeting I had with a former employer, when I was the I.T. department in the local branch of a very large life insurance company.  I developed a mission statement regarding the service I would provide to his staff and sales agents, and then described the measures we would use to determine if my mission was being accomplished.  Then I created action steps/goals to achieve those measures. 

It offers a frame of reference.  And guidelines for making decisions. It gives you direction and helps you stay focused. Very common in business, I am sure.

But how interesting and clever to apply it to our personal lives as well.  It seems so obvious.

For me, my intrinsic values with regard to my marriage and my most personal boundaries need no clarification.  They make me who I am.

intrinsic - Definition [in-trin-sik, -zik]
(a.) Belonging to a thing by its very nature

But my FITNESS priorities, and my FOOD/DIET/NUTRITION priorities certainly do need some attention and this is what made me pick up this book in the first place.

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So I am off to do some thinking and face my truths about what is really important to me with regard to these issues.  I am going to query myself and find out what I really want and am willing to do, or perhaps more important... not do.

In the meantime, I am planning to carry on with my current workout schedule and food plan until I come up with something better or different!

Do you know what your fitness and nutrition priorities are?  Do your goals and actions support them?


  1. I need to check out Push! Great Post. You're making me think....ahead:)

    1. Thanks, Jill. It is an eye opener and a way to get organized, I think!

  2. Very interesting. I am struggling with my fall fitness goals because I feel like the Army 10 Miler should be my focus, but it's just not.

  3. I am all about goals, because if you don't have them, how do you know if you have done what you wanted or not? Also it keeps me on track, otherwise I am wishy washy about keeping to a schedule. Good luck with yours! I think sometimes we get a little burned out when we have been sticking to a plan for a while; hopefully September will be your month!

  4. I think I need to check this out.....thank you!


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