“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone” - Tim O’Toole, Beechworth Bakery Founder
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS! We all have them, whether we write them down or think about them. And we all want to achieve them. With 2017 around the corner, I thought it was a good time to plant the seeds in our minds to start planning our goals for the new year.
I love using my running to set powerful and meaningful goals. The power to set goals is life changing. The ability to go out and run is life changing, why not put them together.
Every time I achieve a new running goal, people will often say to me - ‘great work, now you can take a break’ And I do take some rest time, but the burning desire within me soon starts to nag at me - ‘what’s next?’. Perhaps, people see this as never being satisfied. But its not just the achievement of the goal for me, it is the journey I have taken to reach that goal.
Training for any event is mentally, physically and emotionally challenging. I have done a few marathons, so I will talk specifically about training for that. Each time I train for a marathon, I learn new things about myself, about my mind and my body and it still amazes me that I can push myself to achieve new things.
When I ran my first marathon, I remember thinking not long after that “I have reached the pinnacle for me and my running” - I worked my arse off to get to this marathon, it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here, but it was so worth it! I soon started to realise, that no I had just touched the tip of the iceberg. Completing my first marathon simply gave me an insight into what was possible.
It wasn’t long after, that I decided I would do another marathon. I will set myself that challenge again and give it all I’ve got. I built up this new goal to also run a PB. It simply wouldn’t have been enough for me to run another marathon, the challenge wouldn’t have been stimulating enough. As you may know, my second marathon came two years later as I had my daughter during that time.
So how do I make these goals and stick to them. What I love about setting running goals, is that in most cases you need to book your spot to run in that race. BANG! There’s the accountability there. You have just put your money where your running is. Here on in, that date will be etched in your brain as you work to that goal. You will think about, talk about it, dream about it. It’s what will drive you.
Writing down the goal is also a key element for me. As well as writing out my training plan. A lot of runs that you sign up to these days will give you a training program which you can customise to your own needs. I find writing down the days and times that I can run really help not only for me but also for my husband and family as he knows that is when I am running and we work around it.
I also love visualising myself completing the run. And I do this very early on in my training. I visualise myself at the start almost to the point where I can feel the nerves. I visualise myself running the course and thinking how I would be feeling. I smile as I picture my family waiting on course to cheer me on. And then I visualise myself finishing, running metres from the finish line and then crossing that line. Doing this, it makes me feel like I have already run the race. Its shown me that this run is absolutely possible and I CAN DO THIS.
Then what follows is the action plan to get here. I now know what is required for me to complete this run. And I work backwards thinking the milestones I need to make on the way. Then the start of my program is here and its time to take action.
Reaching your goals in not a destination it is a journey. One which you will learn so much about yourself and your capabilities on the way. As Oprah Winfrey has quoted, “Running is a metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it”
My advise to anyone who is thinking of doing a running event, but not sure JUST DO IT! You have absolutely nothing to lose and a whole new experience to gain. With the new year nearly here, lock in your running goals now.
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I am so passionate about setting goals that I founded my new business called BeMoore Workshops where I run Goal Setting Workshops - my new website is www.bemoore.com.au