Monday, August 17, 2015

Once It Becomes Public, It Becomes Real

You are what your record says you are.--Bill Parcells

Every day, we set goals. Actually, not everyone sets a goal. Some people go with the flow and let their day come to them. This is not a judgement of anyone. I do however believe that every single person makes some sort of a goal on a daily basis. Some of these goals are what I call microgoals. For example, one would never believe that a homeless person has a goal. Their goal is to eat... today. That is their goal and whether or not that goal is accomplished depends on each action taken to bring said person to said goal.

That was an extreme example of a microgoal I guess. Perhaps someone set the goal to make it to work on time every day. That person will make sure they get enough sleep in order to not slam snooze 13 times in the morning. Maybe they will lay out their clothes. If they are close to not making it on time, they speed, they run through transit stations. The difference between the highly successful and the average is simple. The average person, like most Americans, will be on time for work. If they happen to be late, its kind of an apology and a shoulder shrug and then it's back to the grind. A successful person will say point blank, "I will never be late". That person becomes known for punctuality and will do everything in order to maintain their record.

People that become president can quietly say that they want to be the leader of the free world. By the way, aren't most countries free? Is the President of the United States the leader of every free country? I always found that to be a weird phrase. Once that person decides to tell people that matter now they are held to that goal by every person involved.

The same thing applies to our running goals. Many people may decide, in private, that they want to run a 5k or a marathon or run 3 times a week. As long as that goal is private, you can fail or succeed at your leisure. When you are not doing what's necessary to reach your goals who will call you out? Will you call yourself out? In general, I am super motivated. That said, everyone knows my goals and if they looked at my Nike+ mileage and saw I did 20 miles in July and 34 in June they may look at me like, bro, how are you going to do all of the crap that you said you would. That drives me a little bit more. (add me, I did more than that) I wake up and sometimes I don't want to get out of bed. I ALWAYS want to run but oftentimes my bed feels great. The lack of humidity in my home is great. I could probably do something else in those hours I spend running. But I set goals and I'd rather eat glass than not attack my goals every day that I have air in my lungs.

I am currently registered for 5 of the 12 marathons I plan to run next year. I set a goal, I told people and I am driven to be a man of my word. One doesn't have to stand by their word if they never speak it.

2 comments:

  1. Great post!! I can so totally relate...keeping that goal in the forefront is directly tied to your success at achieving it! Way to go on setting such an ambitious goal and working towards it!

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    1. Thank you Kristen for reading. You are now one more person that know my goals

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