Getting on With What You Want: How to Start Achieving your Goals

by lucy ~ October 25th, 2010. Filed under: Run For Joy.


Know what you want. It’s hard to get anywhere unless you have a clear vision for what you want to achieve. A clear target is easy to work towards. This may take some brainstorming and discussion with your coach and a clear look at your priorities.

Stop procrastinating.  Even when you know what you want, it can be hard to move towards it. Waiting for the right time to start can take forever. Waiting for the perfect environment or time in your life will likely never happen. Do one thing to get started.

Start with small goals if you feel overwhelmed. Taking on too much at once or having a too large goal often leads to a feeling of being roadblocked. If the goal is too large it can seem impossible or unmanageable, especially if we have other commitments. Break your project down. Take baby steps.

Compare yourself to yourself. You can admire the accomplishments of others and appreciate what they have achieved; even looking to others for inspiration and as positive role models, but it is unrealistic to try to emulate others.  No one is the same as you, or has the same priorities, physical talents and dreams. Trying to be the same as others is unrealistic; being able to put your finger on what you like or admire and finding a way to adopt if for your own lifestyle is a positive practice.

Manage your time and set a schedule. Time management is an essential for proper training.  You need a training, resting, eating and racing routine. Good time management skills are not only the most effective way to train, it ensure you have optimal energy for maximizing your fitness.

Surround yourself with supportive people who are enthusiastic about your goals. It’s a lot easier to succeed when you have people on your side. A coach who believes in you, a spouse who supports your goals, a group of training partners that makes every session fun and positive: your social environment can have a positive impact on your path.

Commit. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results”. ~ unknown. Commitment is possible when you have clear goals and strong desire. One step towards your goal is commitment and will pull you into the positive chain of events that makes personal excellent possible.

Most of all, keep it fun!

Lucy Smith

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