Make it Count Monday: Setting Goals That Scare You

Make it Count Monday: Setting Goals That Scare You

Published: October 23, 2017

"A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot." -Joe Vitale

I heard this quote a number of years ago and I think it totally defines my life. I am absolutely a goal-setter and go-getter... It's one of the reasons I started running races and trying different fitness events over the years, and a big reason why I took that first leap out of the plane skydiving! Someone once asked me if there was anything I wouldn't do... My response? "There's plenty I won't do, but not a lot I won't try."

Now, there are a lot of people who think just setting a goal or two, or even a New Year's Resolution, is enough; however, I know plenty of people who are stuck in their comfort zone and could use a good, solid push to the uncomfort zone every once in awhile. That's where a big goal, the one that scares you even just a little bit, can come in handy!

Why would you want to set goals that scare you? It's raising the bar in your life a little bit. It's putting this little nugget of awesomeness out there that forces you to make a plan and actually go for it. It's taking your expectation of your life and throwing a curve ball, if for no other reason than to see what happens. I teach a group fitness class a few times a week and I recently pitched this to my clients...What's the worst that can happen if you set a goal that's a little "out there?" You fail? Guess what... Failing is the best thing that can happen to you. I learn so much more about myself and about life through failure. The key is to pick yourself up from said failure and find a new way to succeed.

Now, I'm not telling you to go out there and shoot for a goal that's completely unattainable. But I am saying to start thinking outside of the box. New Years' is right around the corner (I'm sorry, it is... there's no avoiding it!), so what if instead of taking the same old need to lose X number of pounds route and did something a little crazy instead. What if you stopped living by the number on your scale and started living LIFE? What if, instead of focusing on a weight loss goal, you focused on a life gained goal?? What if you turned your bucket list into a to-do list instead??

Here are a few tips for setting goals, and activating a plan to actually achieve them.

1 - Set goals that motivate you. Why do you want to accomplish this? Why is this important to you? What is the value in achieving this goal?

2 - Be SMART. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time Bound. The last one should be easy... When do you want to accomplish this goal?

3 - Put it in writing. This makes your goal real and tangible. There's permanence in putting pen to paper and there's power behind that. Use statements such as "I will" versus "I would like to..." It gives you more passion in your goal, and more motivation to achieve this statement!

4 - Make an action plan. How are you going to accomplish your goal? What steps are you going to take to hold yourself accountable, and stay on track? Are there milestones along the way that can be "mini-goals" to measure your success?

5 - Stick with it! Goals never end. They might evolve and progress, but much like our own health and fitness journey, there isn't a destination. Think of this as a stepping stone toward future goals that you will make, but let's not lose focus on the current goal. That's the one we are working on right now.

What goals will you reach for that absolutely excite you? Share them with us!


Amy was born and raised right outside of Duluth, Minnesota and recently relocated near Baltimore, Maryland. She has a Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She started sharing her passion for health and wellness through Social Media platforms, namely Instagram and through her blog: RunningYogiMom. Her unique life perspective and "grab life by the horns" mentality makes her the ultimate go-getter. She has 17 years of fitness background including endurance training, distance running, has competed in two fitness competitions and holds a Hydrorider Aqua Spin certification. She is also on the brink of completing her RYT200 Yoga Certification and will have an additional 100-Hour certification in Meditation and Yoga Philosophy early next year. Amy has 650 skydives and is passionate about sharing how fear can be the ultimate motivator to living life and not just surviving it. She is unapologetically enthusiastic about life and hopes to inspire others to live hard and love even harder.


Amy and DZO, Jeanice Dolan, both love to skydive. Baltimore IFLY is a skydiving simulator located in Baltimore, MD. Amy and Jeanice's sons train at IFLY Baltimore both in pursuit of following their mothers' passion to skydive when they become old enough.

I am excited about doing another skydiving experience with them in the near future!

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