Joy's Journal Week 7

Professional soccer player and mom Joy Fawcett of the San Diego Spirit wants to inspire other women to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle! Each week, Joy will reveal her personal challenges and triumphs related to her comeback, as well as offer tips women can use to reach their active goals.
Joy Fawcett

Week Seven -- What do you want to acheive?
When you want to achieve something, the best thing to do is set a goal for yourself. For me, these past few weeks have been about achieving the goals I have get out for myself: Getting my physical strength back, helping the team to the playoffs and balancing a family and career. It's not easy work, but that's exactly why I have created my own ambitions for this WUSA season.

Whether it is work, personal or an educational goal, allow yourself time to reflect on what it is you want to achieve. Decide upon a reasonable objective that you could conquer with hard work. You don't want to disappoint yourself in the end, so don't make your expectations too high. At the same time, you should challenge yourself, which means don't make your goals too easy.

My life long involvement in sports has probably helped me when it comes to goal setting. Teams have a competitive nature, which have influenced me to be the best that I can. Needless to say, I've been fortunate to have the mindset instilled in me from a young age. However, you can start setting goals for yourself at any age.

Adults and children alike have things they want to obtain, below are three general steps that I follow when creating my goals. Try them out for yourself.

  • Set challenging yet attainable goals -- Some people may be quicker at running the mile or taking a test. Don't necessarily compare yourself to them. Design a program that is feasible for you and your body.
  • Take baby steps -- Ease yourself into your goal. For the most part, a goal is not attained over night, and requires planning and persistence. Completing small incremental goals will help develop a habit of winning and help you reach your ultimate goal. After having Madilyn, my first baby step was to take a two-mile walk by the end of the first week. Achieving smaller goals, like this, made my ultimate goal of playing soccer more realistic. The important thing is to only do exercises that are comfortable. Do push yourself, but don't overdo it. This is a simple rule that you could apply to other goals.
  • Have a plan and be consistent -- The more you workout, study or focus on your job, the more apt you will be to sticking to the plan and ultimate goal you have set. Your body may become tired and want to give up, but keep a strong head on your shoulders and follow through with your plan. Following a consistent regimen will build good habits regardless if the goals are personal, physical or work related.

Remember: Creating challenging yet realistic goals is the key to making them attainable, and the manner in which we devise our goals is just as important as following them. Without this approach, I wouldn't have been able to make such a quick comeback to the WUSA.(See Joy's workout for this week here.)

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