LONG TERM GOALS: SO CLOSE YET SO FAR
By Meg Walker
THE FORMATIVE FORMATION
24 FEB 2023
4 MEGNOTES - Personal thoughts that I would like to share with you.
2 CONVERSATIONS - Discussions that have inspired me this week.
3 RESOURCES - 1 quote, 1 resource and 1 idea to help you grow.
1 QUESTION - How would YOU answer it?
1. Ah, the feeling of being so close yet so far from a fitness goal. It's like being stuck behind a slow walker in a crowded hallway – you can see your destination, but it feels like it's taking an eternity to get there. It's okay to feel frustrated and discouraged, but remember that progress takes time. It's like the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour." You may not see the progress every day, but trust that those bricks are being laid.
2. To stay motivated towards a long-term fitness goal, it's important to make a plan and set achievable short-term goals. This can help you stay focused and make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Start by identifying your long-term goal, whether it's to run a marathon or to lose weight. Then, break that goal down into smaller, measurable steps. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, your short-term goals might include running a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon. Celebrate each milestone along the way and use them as motivation to keep going. Additionally, find a workout buddy or a supportive community to keep you accountable and motivated. Together, you can share tips and advice, celebrate successes, and offer support when times get tough.
3. When pursuing a long-term fitness goal, you can find yourself focusing so much on reaching the finish line that you forget the reasons why you started in the first place. Take time to reflect on why you started and remind yourself of the benefits of achieving your goal. Maybe you want to be able to keep up with your kids, raise money for a good cause, or you want to feel more confident in your own skin. Whatever it is, keep it at the forefront of your mind.
4. Finally, don't forget to recognise how far you've come. It's easy to get so caught up in the long-term goal that you forget about the progress you've already made. Take a moment to reflect on how your fitness journey has already impacted your life in a positive way. Maybe you can run up the stairs without getting winded, or you've noticed that you have more energy throughout the day. Whatever it is, remember that every step forward is progress. Keep going, and soon enough, you'll reach that finish line.
The Formative Formation newsletter will help you level up your health and fitness one email at a time. Every Friday, I will share my 4-2-3-1 line up of thoughts, quotes, conversations and resources on all things fitness and mindset.
THE MEG METHOD: So Close Yet So Far
In this latest episode, I provide journal prompts around the topic of motivation and the frustration of feeling so close to your goal yet so far at the same time. Join me as I explore the importance of remembering why you started and discover new ways to keep yourself motivated.
This podcast episode is a great listen for anyone who needs some extra encouragement right now.
MY KIND OF PEOPLE: Ben Smith
In this podcast episode, I am joined by the incredible, Ben Smith. Ben Smith is the founder of The 401 foundation, a non profit that was set up in legacy of Ben’s challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 days. The 401 foundation helps provide accessible grants to grassroots & community projects who are helping to promote positive mental health. In this episode, we discuss the journey of improving our mental health, finding our purpose & the power of community. If there is anyone who knows how it feels to be so close yet so far it's Ben as the finish line most definitely seemed far away on day 1 of a 401 marathon challenge.
"Believe you can and you're half way there." - Theodore Roosevelt
Believing in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals is the first step towards making progress. But it's important to also remember that progress takes time and consistent effort. It's not about being perfect, but about making small, sustainable changes that you can stick with over time. So, if you're feeling discouraged, take a step back and look at how far you've come. Celebrate the small wins and the progress you've made so far. Keep going, stay committed, and trust the process. You've got this!
So Close Yet So Far by Meg Walker
This week I shared some extra thoughts on this topic in the form of a poem. Find it on my instagram or read below:
Oh, the longing I feel in my bones
For a goal that seems just out of reach,
A mountain to climb, a river to cross,
A feat of strength that tests my belief.
I've trained and toiled for many a day,
Pushing my body to its limit and beyond,
Feeling the burn of every muscle and sinew,
Yet still I'm far from where I long to belong.
But in my heart, I know the truth,
That the journey is what makes us strong,
That every step taken, every goal achieved,
Is a victory that keeps us moving along.
So I keep on moving, keep on striving,
Even when progress feels slow and unsure,
For the joy of the journey is in the doing,
And in the end, the effort is the cure.
The wind may blow hard against my back,
And the road may be steep and hard to tread,
But I keep my eyes fixed on the horizon,
And I know that I will get there in the end.
So close, yet so far but look how far you've come...
"What are the differences I recognise in myself now compared to
when I started this journey?"
(Why not use this week's big question as a journal prompt to reflect on how far you've come?)
Want to share your discoveries? Send me a DM on Instagram @themegmethod or email me.
Remember your why and you'll always be grateful you started.
Feeling a little deflated on your way to completing your goal?
Your journey doesn't have to be a lonely one. Book a free coaching call with me and let's celebrate your progress so far and discuss ways to help you stay motivated on your journey.
WHEN YOU'RE READY, THERE ARE TWO WAYS THAT I CAN HELP YOU:
1. If you're wanting to improve your health this year, I have coached thousand’s of people to improve their fitness, breathwork and mindset through both 1-1 or group coaching:
1-1 Coaching: An opportunity to work closely with me through live Masterclass sessions or bespoke monthly training plans. Whether your goal is around fitness, nutrition, mindset and/or breathwork, I can help you create lasting change (and I’ll prove to you that you can still enjoy life while doing so).
Connective Collective: This is an incredible community space where you can share your wins and struggles with people on a similar journey to you. You also have direct access to me, incredible resources and my exclusive live Breathwork and Meditation sessions.
2. Fitness, health and mindset coaching advice via my two podcasts:
THE MEG METHOD Podcast: A podcast that provides you with actionable advice and tools on how to create a foundation for better health. Available to watch on Youtube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or via your favourite podcast platform.
My Kind of People Podcast: Learn from some of the most incredible minds on the planet. Each episode, I speak with leaders and community members from across the world who all share a passion for positive change. Available to watch on Youtube or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or via your favourite podcast platform.
Be kind. Breathe deep. Speak soon.
Big love, Meg x