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Words for 2014


Last year I started a new tradition, which I really liked and intend to continue.  Inspired by my mother-in-law, instead of making resolutions (which may or may not be kept, sometimes through circumstances outside one’s own control), I choose three words to give me direction throughout the year.

In 2013 I chose 3 words: Control, Courage, and Calm.  And I think they worked well for me.  2013 was a year of growth, albeit calm and controlled growth.  It was moving to a new job with my same employer.  It was moving through 3 cities to support my wife’s career.  It was several amazing vacations with my wife, and with our family.  It was diving head first into my first full racing season – moving from 1 race per year to 11 in 2013 – without injury, and in doing so entrenching my love for triathlon racing.

So what words do I choose for 2014?  2014 is going to be all about pushing the envelope a bit.  2014 is going to be all about decisive transformation, gambling on myself, and taking life by the reins.  2014 is going to be about doing more with less.  And these will be my guiding words:

Consistency – 2014 is going to be about challenging myself to consistency in my pursuits.  I fully believe 2014 has amazing things in store for me if I can focus on executing the plans that I draft.  In training terms, in 2013 I did a great job of following my plans – in spurts.  I had excellent months, and I had months where I lost focus.  How much stronger could I be if only I executed more fully the plans I laid out.  2014 is going to be about finding out!

Power – 2014 is going to be about finding inner power.  Anyone can work harder and build strength.  I want power.  The power to be stronger when I’m most tired.  The power to be patient when I’m most stressed.  The power to persevere when I’m most taxed.  The power to run a little bit faster in the final kilometer of every race.

Fun – Life is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?  There’s so much stress in the world.  So much seriousness, so much time in our lives spent doing things we must and forgetting to have fun.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m a professional at work.  And I train hard in the gym.  And there are chores and errands that must be done around the house, and limited budget to play with.  But there’s always room to add a little fun.  I will remember to do the things I love, and to love the things I do.  I love my wife – my friends, and my family.  I have a job that I enjoy.  And I love racing.  I love racing!  In 2014 I’m going to focus on bringing a little more lightness and fun to everything I do – even the things I do because I “must” deserve a little fun!

Happy New Year to all my friends and family and fellow bloggers and triathletes.  May 2014 bring you Peace, Love, and a Personal Best!

What are your words for 2014?

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