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Keeping Pace, Issue #005 -- Success, Goal Setting and Something Sweet!
January 10, 2013
Setting Goals and Your Success!
We’ve all heard it before, and will continue to hear it as the year winds down and another begins: “Here’s to a successful new year”! Have you ever stopped to think about what success means to you? Is success something you achieve or is it a term that we use to define ourselves? So if you go for your goal and miss the mark, are you able to view yourself as successful for trying? After all, one of the fundamentals to great goal setting is determining and capturing EXACTLY what it is that you intend to accomplish in a tangible and measureable way.
These are interesting questions to think about as you start the year and set out what goals you’d like to accomplish as your view will shape your attitude and how you will handle your outcomes.
What then, is the definition of a ‘successful person’? According to the late motivational guru Earl Nightingale, a successful person is someone who is progressively working towards a worthy ideal. That is, you are already successful if your time is being consistently used working towards your goals rather than on trivial and habitual tasks.
You must never be satisfied with your current state of being but rather set personal goals that will challenge you to grow and become fitter, thinner, faster – or whatever it is you are looking to improve upon. It’s important to point out that in this context being happy and being satisfied are completely different! As Bob Proctor once said, we enjoy the light bulb because Thomas Edison was not satisfied with the light that candles were providing.
Success is not about what you have or not have achieved, it’s about the journey of continually growing and working towards your goals. What a great way to look at success and an even better reason to take the time now to really think about what it is that you plan on spending your time working towards this year.
Runners have a fantastic advantage when it comes to goal setting. There is no shortage of events in and around our communities all throughout the year to select for your future goals. Picking one or more race to run provide you with a beautiful structure for your future goals. They give you the time, the place, the distance and all that is left is the way in which you execute the race! So heading into a brand new year, let’s do a quick review of the basic steps involved in great goal setting:
Once you’ve charted out your journey for the year or at least until spring, it’s time to start planning how you're going to get there. This will involve picking the right training program for your nearest big goal. You might consider some time for base building to give your body a chance to get used to the frequency, durations and intensity of runs that you’ll be putting your body through in your chosen training program.
Here’s to the very SUCCESSFUL you!
Ratch's Training FuelNew ways of thinking can bring good habits and great change in the form of PRs! Starting this month and going forward, all of Ratch’s training recipes will be PALEO friendly! To kick things off, here’s a great sweet potato dish that would please even the fussiest eaters. This is a great dish to make a large volume of and keep in the fridge to have as a side with any meal not to mention an excellent way to ‘carbo load’ with quality nutrition that your body can really use for those big training runs and longer races.
Sweet Potato Hash
MYRG Quote of the Month
"Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit."
**Next month - more of the same plus some injury prevention reminders from Keeping Pace contributor Dr. Steven Tremblay - Dedicated Husband, Father, Triathlete and Goal Setter Extraordinaire.
Here's to keeping pace with your running goals!
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