I believe in the power of intention.
I look to my vision board as source of motivation and inspiration.
I turn to my gratitude board as reminder of all I have.
At long last I’ve launched a manifestation journal.
I have a personal mission statement.
I’ve revamped my blog’s mission statement.
I possess a carefully crafted spiritual mission statement.
The Child and I created a family mission statement.
The older I get, however, it’s clear none of the above work if I’m not simultaneously healthy-in-body.
If I don’t concurrently have a fitness mission statement.
around here #wycwyc works.
Confession: I’ve neglected my Fitness Mission Statement.
Spoiler alert: I desperately need a plan.
A return to having a mission statement.
What is a Fitness Mission Statement?
A Fitness Mission statement is a declaration 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 words with action goals. Phrases which are quantifiable not
A Fitness Mission Statement (like all aspects of healthy living) requires trial & error. Crafting one can be slow, but the result is something which motivates/inspires *every time* it’s read.
Is a Fitness Mission Statement my workout routine?
A Fitness Mission Statement is not an exercise plan. Nowhere in your statement do you commit to X race on Y day or plan to shed X pounds by Y date.
Fitness Mission Statements help plan routines to achieve goals. The F.M.S. is the umbrella underneath which we place our specifics (goals/programs).
A well written statement provides clues to answer the question: What approach to healthy living should I select? Are your goals endurance? Does your statement mention flexibility? Do you prefer to focus on gaining strength/power?
How to craft a Fitness Mission statement?
- Be brief. Mine is 8 words. You might create an acronym. Others write sentences. Learn what works best for you and keep it clear and concise. Start by brainstorming words which describe how you like to move your body and how you feel when you do so.
- Explore core values. It can help to reflect upon 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 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 tries to tell us we want. No musturbation.
- Be positive. Do not include things you dislike about yourself. Seize negative urges/thoughts (I hate my fat thighs and stomach) and turn them inside out (CrossFit will give me the leg muscles I desire).
- Include how healthy habits/behaviors will impact relationships. Through the practice of yoga I will release stress more easily. This will help me manage work pressure and relationship dynamics.
- Create a statement which is in harmony with personal mission statement if you have one (I will walk consistently and as a result be more patient, lower my blood pressure and be increasingly present throughout my day). Be certain all values are in alignment.
The next step is to start designing and be patient.
For me creating a statement required writing, putting away/waiting, rereading/tweaking and only after that did I experience a Yes! This is it!! moment.
I’d crafted a phrase so ‘right’ it energizes me on days I’d rather slack than workout.
F.M.S. inspires on days when I look like this.
- Do you have a Fitness Mission Statement?
- If not, what might your 2018 Fitness Mission Statement say?