Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
– Jim Ryun, long distance runner
Do you have a hard time sticking to your “New Year’s Resolutions”? Do you have some big goals that you continually wish you were accomplishing? You are not alone! I think we all know the low, low retention rate of the life of resolutions.
I have some big goals that I want to accomplish this year. A couple years ago, I was a non-runner, who within a year, trained for and finished a marathon. (Though very slowly & with much pain! 🙂 I learned so much throughout the process. There are some basic things that I can apply from that experience, to my new goals this year.
This is Hal Higdon’s training schedule and what I used to train…though it took me much longer than 18 weeks!
Here are 7 Easy-ish Steps to Accomplish your Goals like a Marathoner!
1. A marathoner starts small. Three miles is where it begins! If you can jog/run three miles, you can run a marathon!
2. A marathoner makes steady progress, day by day, week by week. You’ve gotta do every run, not just the long, not just the short. You’ve gotta stay consistent.
3. The 18th mile is a mess. Halfway isn’t pretty, it’s painful. You’re thinking, “I am this tired/hungry/confused/messed up and I am only halfway?! ugh!” Be encouraged! Every goal has a halfway point where you want to give up. Revisit your reasons why you have this goal and keep going.
4. You need to act like a marathoner. I was at the shoe place getting fitted for my marathon shoes and the salesman said, You are a marathoner. You need to act like one. (ouch!! I think I know know what tough love means…except, I am sure he didn’t say that in love. lol) It just means you need to work hard, eat right, run your miles, take care of your body. You’ve got to give your body what it needs to accomplish it’s punishing goal. So, if you are a writer, are you acting like a writer? Are you writing? Are you reading? Are you talking to and learning from other writers?
5. I don’t need to see the finish line, I just need to see my next step. This one is huge for me and I actually learned it from Michael Hyatt. I took his course on goal-setting recently. He said, When you are traveling through a forest, you don’t need to see the entire path, just the next few steps. When you are setting goals, you may not know the entire path, but you can figure out the next few steps. (It’s all about forward motion, baby!)
6. Celebrate every mile! Each time my hubby & I crossed a mile-marker, we high-fived. Make sure you celebrate not just attaining the big goal, but the process along the way.
7. Finish!! Finishing is the hardest part of the entire job…but, also the most satisfying. Give yourself that gift and finish what you started.
This picture was from the Turkey Trot our family ran on Thanksgiving morning!
Blessings on your goal-setting for 2015,
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