The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 24, 2013

Keep your eyes on the prize


— We’re now midway through January and everyone is back to work and school, starting to settle again into a routine. Now is the time that we need to take a moment to reassess where we are in reaching out goals.

If you have been sticking to a training program, eating healthier, saving money, not smoking, or whatever the goal was that you set for yourself, congratulations! If you have started to identify barriers that may get in your way, now is a great time to be mindful of that and to decide how you are going to overcome things that – if not given attention – may keep you from living the life that you want.  

For me, I personally struggle with getting enough quality sleep to have the energy each day to excel in my work, my training program and have time to spend with my friends and family (who all know I can never stay awake if I sit on the couch to watch a movie). So, for me, I try to find ways to get to sleep at least nine hours before I leave the house in the morning, fall asleep once I get in bed, and stay asleep for the night.  

Since I am aware of that being a barrier to reaching my goals and having the life I want, I have found ways to improve that part of my life. What are some things that you are struggling with or foresee as something that may get in your way if you let it?

Keep your eyes on the prize and stay focused on the goal and reasons that you want to achieve it.  Give yourself rewards for making progress, or checking things off of your action step “to-do” list.  

Finding support and resources is an important part of overcoming your barriers. Do you have someone in your life that supports and encourages you? Do you need coaching or information and education? Do you need someone to help motivate you or someone to be accountable to? If so, let me know how I can help. Please feel free to contact me, I am always here to help and to find you the resources that you need to be successful.



Liz Jones is the Membership & Wellness Director at the JER Chilton YMCA at Rockwall, located at 1210 N Goliad in Rockwall, TX.  She is a writer, certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and wellness coach.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management, with a graduate certificate in Ethics and Leadership.  Her undergraduate studies included communication, business, writing, art, fitness, and dance. She is trained in Reiki, Guided Imagery, and various healing methods. Her background includes non-profit management and working with various at-risk populations, women’s empowerment workshops, and mentoring programs. She can be reached at: ejones@ymcadallas.org or 972-772-9622.