Thinking Ahead, Optimistically (I)

Here is  a dose of perspective, with a side of optimism, to start your morning:

You can change your life, because you can change the way you think.”
Brian Tracy, The Focal Point

You can choose to think, respond & act optimistically – a characteristic of most “successful” people.

During the FitBlog chat last night, we were asked what characteristics make us a “good friend”? Without hesitation, optimism was one of my answers. I hope it’s true.

I’m slowly making my way through this book, The Focal Point (distracted by things like traveling, Harry Potter 7, & Runner’s World magazines); I’ve found myself writing down quotes, stopping to discuss things with D, and using his ideas to fuel my Goals.

Yes, GOALS – for lululemon, we write 1, 5 & 10 year goals (personal, career & health). Have you ever thought about what your life will be like 10 years from now? I’m a planner, but those boxes had me stumped. 

As the other boxes were filled up, I noticed  a pattern. I also noticed that one category was always hard to decide on: Personal. Is it saying something about me that I can come up with Health & Career goals, but not something to do for myself (that didn’t involve running, or yoga or healthy lifestyles)?  Will I be one of those people who is so focused on fitness, travel, nutrition & success that I can’t stop and relax, breath & be still?! Uh oh.

Quite the opposite, we decided. All of my goals intertwine; they all have something to do with the other. I take this to mean one thing: I’ve found a way to incorporate the things I love, with the things that will make me successful. I’ve found a way to combine passions – like running, sports, nutrition, yoga, travel & relationships – with every aspiration.

Now, there’s nothing like a little internet accountability, right? Here goes nothin’. I’ll share one of each.

Personal, Health & Career goals for the next 10 years…


Can you name One goal for each category?  It could be for tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now. They’re your goals, you decide.


This is Part I of a series, hopefully your interest has been piqued, because there’s always more to say on this subject! My fingers could type for days. If there’s anything specific you’d like me to touch on, speak up!



Filed under about me, advice, Goals, learning, Lululemon, making plans, motivation, new things!, Nutrition, things that make me Happy

36 responses to “Thinking Ahead, Optimistically (I)

  1. Isn’t it interesting how the personal goals are always the tough ones? I find that to be true as well. It’s so easy to look at my career and say, “This is where I want to be.” Looking forward to this series & discussion!

    • Heather C

      To be honest, it was concerning. How could I not think of something I wanted for myself?! Then I realized I just wanted things that involved all the other areas, and it’s totally fine to mix the categories together! 🙂

  2. I am REALLY good at short-term goal setting and REALLY BAD at long-term goal setting so I should probably do this!

    Great post 🙂

  3. This is a great topic. Thanks for sharing! One of the big things running has taught me is the importance to long and short term goals… little ones and big ones.

    You have definitely sparked an interest in me!

    • Heather C

      Couldn’t agree more – I had never thought of things in terms of goals until races came into the game and I found myself setting new expectations!

  4. Health, hmm… by Jan 2012 I hope to add at least two new classes or activities to that I do now (bikram will hopefully be one of them!). Career… by Jan 2012 I hope to have a thriving corporate wellness practice to add to my 1×1 focus. Personal… by Jan 2012, ummm… does have a baby count? Did I just say that?

  5. Change the way you think, change the way you feel. I have had a long week and this is a really good post to reflect on. You know my bigger picture and trust me, it’s so hard to get your head around everything sometimes. But without goals, where’s the challenge.

  6. I’m looking forward to reading the follow ups to this. I have a hard time writing down my 10 year goals bc they feel like unrealistic dreams when I think about where I am right now. I’m much better at short term goals, but not so good at promoting myself when it comes to showing all the work I’ve been doing on various projects or applying for a new job. It’s just hard to boast about myself in those situations.

    • Heather C

      10 years down the road did seem very strange to plan for – my Goals started getting less “specific” and more life-oriented. For example, the one I shared. It simply has to do with how I want my day-to-day life to be 10 years from now…

  7. I love that Lululemon had their employees do this – what a great company. I have goals and a 30 before 30 list…which is really only 10 before 30 right now but I need to add to it! I think it is fantastic that you’ve intertwined all of your passions into everyday aspects of your life, goals, work, etc. I’m in the midst of doing the same thing. My nutrition course and the blog help me to focus everyday on the things that fulfill me.

  8. p.s. You are definitely an optimistic light in my life!

  9. I think optimism is a HUGE part of having good friendships. If we’re positive and optimistic ourselves, it allows us to be truly happy for those we love 🙂

  10. jen

    I agree – you are an optimist and I love that about you.

    This is a timely topic as I think about my goals for 2011. What I like about setting personal goals, is the tactics that go along with it. I’ve done this process before where I had to break things down to such specifics as “I will call each of my sisters x times per month” in order to keep our relationship strong and meaningful. It did really help me focus on what is most important to me.

    Okay, I’m going to stop blogging in your blog. 🙂

    • Heather C

      First of all, thank you! 🙂 And secondly, Thanks for adding your goals! It’s great to make them more specific, as long as that stays in line with “Realistic”. One of mine is to visit friends and family AT LEAST 1 x per year – as that’s really important to me. Calling them is a little more budget-friendly 😉

  11. Elizabeth

    I love making goal lists. One of the reasons I did my birthday one is because I’d read yours.

    That said, thinking 10 years down the road is daunting. I know what I want, but I don’t want to tell anyone, because what if I can’t make it happen?

  12. runningoutofsteam

    I was glad to see that Luluman has a goal setting website to help set your own goals. I have goals in mind, but I know they are not what they can/should be.

    • Heather C

      Says who? I was told to write them as though no one would read them. That way you make sure it’s JUST for you, not for anyone else. 🙂

  13. Great post! I jsut found your blog and started following! Goals are so important, holding you accountable…especially when on display for your followers!! 😉

  14. the 10 year is where I really get hung up, I’m not sure what I see 10 years from now… I just want to enjoy today, tomorrow, next week etc 🙂

  15. Jenn

    Hey there! I’ve got a (possibly dumb) question that google isn’t really helping me with so I thought duh! I’ll ask a dietitian! When you exercise and burn calories, does it burn away the nutrients and benefits you get from your fruit and veggie intake? Thanks!

  16. I need to sit down and do this too! You got me thinking!

  17. I love reading your goals and can’t wait to see more. I think it is so awesome that they intertwine. I am looking for a new job and have realized that I want professional to go with personal too. I think we were taught to keep them separate and have professional skills but I’m realizing they can go together.

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