Eight weeks ago I set myself a goal to run 5km.
As a regular yogi I felt I was missing more rigorous exercise in my routine. I wanted to pick up a sport that would allow me to work at my own pace, in my own time and set my own goals.
So, I decided to try running.
Saying yes is easy but actually doing the work is hard. In order to fully commit to running I knew there was a few things I needed:
I purposefully stayed focused on the goal and ignored shiny things like new headphones, shoes and running gear – things that are easy to think you need.
After all, new gear isn't what's going to get me to 5km. Commitment and perseverance will.
So on a Tuesday morning I woke up and started running. Then I did it again, and again, and again...
After eight weeks I'm proud to share that I achieved my goal of running 5km. I even completed it in 30min! Not only that but I never missed a run – not one.
So, how did I get here? Running is now a habit that's part of my weekly routine. I barely even have to think about going for a run. It's just something I do.
Here's some of the tricks I used that helped me thrive. While I used these to work on my goal of running, these tricks can be used for any goal such as learning a new programming language or starting a new project...
Setting a goal is only the first step. Without creating an actionable plan, you're only setting yourself up for failure or disappointment.
Now that I've reached my goal, I'm shifting the goal posts and setting myself a new one to stay challenged.
What's a goal you've been wanting to achieve for a while?
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