“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”  ~A.A. Milne

I went walking today in downtown Des Moines at twenty below zero (with windchill).  And you know what, it really wasn’t too bad.  Not because I have an incredible resistance to cold, or the newest high-tech foul weather gear, but simply because the city planners of Des Moines built a beautiful walkway, they call it “The Skywalk”, that connects most of the big skycrapers together on the 2nd floor.  It is an absolute hoot.  Heated, carpeted, patrolled by security guards and covering a reputed 6 miles; it was a wonder.

I had been looking for a way to exercise aerobically.  My health club usually has a waiting list for treadmills by 5am.  The local malls are large and heated, but I like to be working by the time they open.  I had been trying to convince myself that walking outside at 20 below would be no big deal with the right gear, but many parts of me were not convinced.  So I kept asking the really fit people that I met what they did to stay that way this time of year and heard of the Skywalk.

I walked there and looked out and down at the cold and wind and laughed! Now I have a new resource that practically guarantees that I will make 2 of my top five goals for 2009: 1) to return to my optimal bodyweight and 2) to run the 7 mile Living History Farm Race in November of 2009.  How about you?  What would you need to find or discover or develop to practically guarantee that you achieve your 5 most important goals for this year?  This is a great question – treat it with the respect it deserves.  There is something, I don’t know what, and you many not know yet, but this something is out there and once you find it, or create it, or develop it; you are going to have practically guaranteed that you will achieve your top five goals for this year.

So.  What would you need to find, or create, or develop, or learn or whatever, in order to guarantee that you will achieve your top five goals for this year?  And who could you ask for advice that is already there?  The answer -it’s out there – go find it.

Till next time…Jack

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley