With 2011 being the year of “not happening,” I want to make 2012 the year of getting out of my comfort zone. Come January, I’m hoping my name is going to get pulled out of the lottery for the Chesapeake Bay Swim. All 4.4 miles across the bay, in choppy, current-driven waters.
The furthest I’ve swum in the past? 2.4 miles during Ironman Lake Placid. In 1999. The bay swim? Hello scared shitless. But sometimes scared shitless is good. Sometimes you have to reach beyond the norm and go big.
Do I relish the thought of what will be a heck of a lot of laps, maybe even up to 7,000 or 8,000 yards at a time to get ready for the bay swim? Not really. But when my feet hit ground on the Eastern Shore next June, will it all be worth it? Oh heck yeah.
I got a text from a client the other day that read, “One year ago, I could barely run a 5k. Now I’m hitting double digits.” She’s running her first half marathon this February. She is going big in 2012. I can’t wait to hear the pride in her voice after she crosses the finish line.
I want you to think about your goals in 2012, too. Is there something a bit out of your comfort zone you’ve been eyeing? Maybe this is the year to go for it. Find that event that would make you feel proud, strong, accomplished. Then set out a plan and go for it.
How will you go big in 2012?