Speaking Series: “I Can… Commit”
Flirt Fitness Studio is kicking off 2020 with something new: a monthly Speaker Series featuring experts in our community to help you achieve all of your goals! Each month will have a theme based around the phrase “I can…” and will help you manifest success in different ways throughout the year. Exciting, right?!
January brings us the first major piece of this year’s road to success: “I Can Commit.”
To kick us off, studio owner Amy Schoonover hosted the first speaker series event herself and helped members of our Flirt Family set goals and commit to them for 2020. Amy equates commitment to dedication, and decided this was the best way to kick off the year because she “wanted to go over how to set goals so people really understood the breakdown of how to achieve them. There are more steps than just ‘setting’ a goal.” This theme will return to us in future months, but kicking off the year with a commitment to our goals helps set us up for success all year through.
Amy emphasized the importance of having a plan in place; setting your goal is just the first step, and if your goal isn’t realistic or doesn’t fit your lifestyle, it’s never going to manifest into reality. She recommends writing your goal down, breaking it down into smaller achievable milestones, and rewarding yourself along the way. Setting one huge goal is intimidating and creates mental obstacles and doubt; parsing that huge goal out into multiple smaller goals makes your vision accessible, manageable, and keeps you on pace. Having a daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly (depending on how big your goal is) plan in place can help you stay on track with regular check-ins along the way.
Whether your goal is short-term or long-term (a matter of weeks versus a matter of months or years) you still need to break the goal down, plan accordingly to fit progress into your lifestyle, and stick to the plan you set! Only make changes if you find yourself wearing down too quickly, burning out, or feeling unhealthy as a result of obsessing over your goal. Adjustments to your plan should be made incrementally so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
At the event on January 18, Amy guided participants through making vision boards to help manifest their hopes into reality. A vision board is a collection of images, words, and representations of what you want to accomplish in your life. It’s meant to provide positive reinforcement while working toward your end-goals, but not create a sense of lacking. “Visualization is one of the most powerful and effective mind workouts that you can do!” A quick YouTube video by vlogger Shaina Leis goes over how to make a vision board, found here!
Amy’s other big tips on goal setting include asking for help if you’re struggling with achieving your goal, and making sure you have a solid and sustainable reason for why you want to achieve it. “The consequence of you not hitting the goal has to be ‘painful’ enough that your WHY drives you to achieve the goal.” In other words, if your “why” isn’t strong enough to keep you going long-term to achieve this goal, you need a better reason to pursue the goal (or a different goal). Your “why” should never be punishing yourself, self-deprecating, or driven by guilt/shame – those are not sustainable or healthy feelings to use as motivation. Your “why” should make you feel hopeful, positive, and proud of yourself. Spend some serious time on your “why;” you might find that you have more than one, or that it changes throughout your journey, and that’s okay! Keep it current and keep it centered on your progress.
Whether your goals are pole-related, financially-focused, relationship-bound, health-centric, or what have you, one thing is true: all goals require planning, adjustment, sacrifice, and COMMITMENT. We’ll be hosting events every month through the year to help you achieve your goals in 2020 – write those goals and stay tuned for more to come in February!