I believe in the power of intention.
I look to my vision board as a source of motivation and inspiration.
I turn to my gratitude board as a reminder of what I’m thankful for.
I have a personal mission statement.
I’ve recently revamped my blog’s mission statement.
I possess a carefully crafted spiritual mission statement.
We’ve worked together to create a family mission statement.
The older I get, however, I’ve realized none of the above work if I’m not simultaneously healthy.
If I don’t concurrently have a fitness mission statement.
for me #wycwyc works.
Confession: I’ve neglected my Fitness Mission Statement lately.
Spoiler alert: I’m in desperate need of a plan.
A return to having a Fitness Mission Statement.
What is a Fitness Mission Statement?
A Fitness Mission statement is an announcement of purpose. It’s an answer to the questions Why are we here? What’s the point? written with the backdrop of what you value in life.
A Fitness Mission Statement contains sentences which have a goal that is an action. Words which are quantifiable not
A Fitness Mission Statement requires trial & error (like all aspects of healthy living). Creating a perfect statement takes time, but the result is sentences which motivate/inspire you *every time* they’re read.
Is a Fitness Mission Statement workout routines/competition goals?
A Fitness Mission Statement is not a workout plan. Nowhere in your statement will you commit to X race on Y day or announce a plan to shed X pounds by Y date.
Fitness Mission Statements help us plan routines to achieve goals. The F.M.S. is the umbrella underneath which we place our specifics (goals/programs).
A statement might read: To live a long, active, healthy life extolling the power of play and practicing what I preach and from there one would choose the approach/activity for achievement.
A statement should provide clues to answer the question: What approach to healthy living should I choose? Are your goals endurance? Does your statement mention flexibility? Do you prefer to focus on gaining strength/power?
How to create a Fitness Mission statement?
- Be brief. Mine is 8 words. Some create acronyms. Others write 3-4 sentences. Find what works best for you and keep it clear, concise, and terse. Begin by brainstorming a list of words which describe how you like to move your body and how you feel when you do so.
- Explore core values. It can also help to reflect on where you’ve started and challenge yourself to (honestly and realistically) define where you want to go and what you’re willing to do to get there.
- Ask yourself: Why am I here? The next time you choose to move your body pose this question to yourself. Consider what prompted you to commit to exercise that day/what your end-goals are. Clarity about where you are going is the surest way to achieve success.
- Identify your focus (e.g: leadership, improved overall health, increased strength). Consider/define who you aspire to be in the fitness realm of your life. A lean, mean machine? A more calm, centered you? A role model? A coach? Be specific.
- What would the *ideal* end result look like? Remember, this is your ideal. Not the ideal society tells us we “should” desire.
- Be positive. Do not include anything you dislike about yourself. Take any negative urges/thoughts (I hate my fat thighs and stomach) and turn them inside out (CrossFit will give me the sleek leg muscles I desire).
- Include how healthy habits/behaviors will impact relationships. Through the practice of yoga I will be able to let stress go more easily. This will help me manage work pressures and dynamics.
- Create a statement which is in harmony with your personal mission statement if you have one (I will walk consistently and through this grow more patient, have lowered blood pressure and be increasingly present throughout my day). Be certain all your values are in alignment.
The next step is to start designing and be patient.
For me creating a F.M.S. called for writing, putting away, rereading/tweaking and only after that did I experienced my Yes! This is it!! moment.
I’d crafted a phrase so ‘right’ it energizes me on days I’d rather slack than workout.
My F.M.S. inspires on days when I look like this.
- Do you already have a Fitness Mission Statement?
- If not, what might your Fitness Mission Statement say?