Your Goals Are A Marathon
At the start of any race it’s crowded. Excitement is usually at an all time high, and moments of potential adversity are usually an after thought.
Now marathons aren’t my thing, but I proudly looked on in support of my good friend Matt Mccoy and thousands of other brave souls who laced up their sneakers and hit the NYC pavement for 26.2 miles of glory (or pain depending on who you ask) this past weekend. Whether you are into running or not, you can’t help but be inspired by the capabilities of the human mind, body, and spirit. As I sat thinking, I also couldn’t help but notice the similarities between running a race and achieving our goals.
At the start any race, some people explode out the gates with seemingly unlimited motivation. The same thing usually happens around New Year’s Day when droves of people make up there mind to get in the best shape possible and gyms are packed.
With the passing of time, things begin to change.
Those same people who started the race off with reckless abandon usually get picked off through injury, exhaustion, or quitting altogether. Those gym goers who make it hard to get a dry towel, let alone get on a treadmill, don’t end up making it Past February and shelf their aspirations until the following year.
On the other hand, the individuals who pace themselves effectively come out successful in both the race and the gym scenario. They outlast the initial honey moon phase of motivation, and derive their strength from something more meaningful. They have prepared for adversity in their training, so they understand that it is just a part of the process. They grasp the point that they are running THEIR race. They could care less what the person to the right or left of them are doing, the focus is on being the best version of themselves possible.
If I could leave you with 3 take away points from my observations, here is what my advice would be:
Focus On Building Systems
Motivation comes and goes. When you focus on building effective habits and routines, you are able to get things done even when you don’t feel like it. Small is the new big! Huge goals can seem unobtainable at first, but after you break them down into small, devourable actions that you can be consistent with that’s when the magic happens!
Run Your Race
Your goals are going to take much longer than you think they are. Be prepared for this and don’t get discouraged. Open your mind to collaboration with the universe and be prepared to receive your blessings in ways previously unexpected. In addition, your story is your story. Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 25. Respect your journey and your process. Have patience, your time is coming.
Just. Keep. Moving.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” - Mike Tyson
We can have what seems like the perfect plan in place and still fail. Failure isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s something to learn from. Whether you are trying for the first time or the 10th, show up and show out. Don’t quit. You only truly fail if you take yourself out of the race for good.