I’m a big believer in setting goals. If you don’t know where you’re going, how on earth are you ever going to get there?
This isn’t to say I plan everything and write things in stone, I don’t. However, I do believe you’ve got to have a goal in mind if you ever hope to achieve it. There are people here who have never run a day in their life and I’m sure there are people here who have run a million miles. This isn’t about comparing ourselves to anyone else or how high they have climbed. This is about setting a goal for ourselves.
Growing up I was not an athlete. I never played a single team sport and, instead, cheered from the sidelines. I didn’t like to walk let alone run. But heartache, heartbreak and desperation led me out on an open road one day and I found my faith. I found freedom in the silence linked to the rhythm of footfalls on pavement and I fell in love. I fell in love with the feeling of being free. Of charting my own course and making my own way. Taking the less traveled road, making my way through the freshly fallen snow; an open invitation to make my own path. One mile turned to ten and I signed up to run my first marathon. A goal I never thought I would have, let alone accomplish.
It was the first of many goals, the first of many marathons and races to come. Not one was like another and each taught me deeply spiritual lessons about who I am. What I am made of. Somewhere on a lonely road in the thousands of miles, I found a strength far greater than me that never let me go.
I want that for you. I want you to find the strength hidden deep in the fabric of your weakness. Hidden in the places where no one believed you could. In the places that you never would’ve dreamed or dared thought possible. One step. And then another. Until you have chased down your dream and reached your goal so you can set another.
Objective: Take out a piece of paper and start a list of physical goals. The most important thing here is to start where you are. Maybe your goal is to run a mile at the end of this month, perhaps its to run a 5k in the spring, a half marathon or marathon by the end of the year. Maybe you dream of doing a century ride, climbing a peak or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Set a goal and work toward it. One day, one step at a time. Hang it up somewhere you can see it and look to it for inspiration on hard days. Sometimes our minds become our greatest hindrance to achieving our goals…so get out of your way! Set a goal and write it down so you cannot quit.
Assess: How does this goal feel? Is it exciting or terrifying? Every day you have the opportunity to challenge your belief. What you believe about who you are and what your body can do. Every day, chart your progress and notice if and how your mind is changing as your body responds to moving toward this new goal. I believe in you!
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