Look. Don’t listen to the B.S. of working toward “realistic” goals. I can’t stand when people say you should only work toward something that you think is “achievable”. I have read a lot on goals. I study them, set my own and I teach how to set and work toward goals. If there is one thing I feel I’m a true expert in, it’s goal setting and goal achievement.
I may have accomplished a few things myself and I’ve definitely failed, A LOT! Here’s the deal though- As many times as I’ve failed and as disappointed as I get when I come up short, it’s usually because I haven’t given myself enough time or haven’t taken enough action. Here in lies the problem with “realistic” goals. If your goals aren’t high enough, you’ll never take the action necessary to accomplish them any way. So why not set super crazy high goals and increase your action to work toward them?! At least if you come up short on your “unrealistically high” goals you will generally surpass your original goal.
Here is my quick guide to goal setting and achievement.
1. Set the damn goal! Believe in it and believe in yourself. Focus on it every second of every day. Put a picture of it where you can see it all day. Write it out every day. Reread it several times a day. Be willing to do whatever it takes to work toward that goal. If you aren’t willing to take the massive action to accomplish it, it doesn’t truly line up with your values or isn’t really what you want.
2. Take massive action toward your goal everyday. Massive action isn’t something that can just be done once a day and then forgotten. Most action needs to be taken all day everyday to get you where you want to go. When I set a running goal I have to relentlessly focus on it and take action all day to get it. That doesn’t just mean to run everyday… I have to eat right, train hard and be willing to give up a lot of other activities and tasks that I don’t want to. But it’s “doing the things that you don’t have to do that will determine the difference when it’s too late to do anything about it.” Jackie B. Cooper
3. Persistence is the ultimate key to success. We all get excited about our new goals. We write them down, focus on them and start taking action. Then a couple things happen. One, we start seeing instant results and we stop taking the action that got those results. Our attitude and focus fades away and we don’t notice the inaction is causing us to fall behind until it’s too late. By then, we have to start all over and we quit. This is the number one mistake I see when people are working toward goals in running, fitness and health. Second, people see how hard it’s really going to be to accomplish their goals. They underestimated how much action it would take to get to their goal. They start to justify why they don’t really want it anymore. They quit on themselves because they either don’t believe in their goals or they are lacking the confidence in themselves…
I can’t stress enough how important it is to set high goals and take the massive consistent action toward them. It will NOT be easy. In fact, if you set the right goals, it will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. You’re going to stumble and fall. You’re going to run into resistance from friends, family, coworkers and everywhere else you go. Remember this one and only point- When you believe in yourself, set the right goals, take the right levels of massive persistent action, you will reach your “impossible” goals. When you get there, it will be the greatest felling you’ve ever had. Because you took the action, because you took the personal responsibility, and you didn’t believe the B.S. excuses that small minded people threw at you the entire time, you will feel an extreme sense of accomplishment. No one can ever take it away from you.
You just became invincible because you now know that “I”m Possible”.
“Once the limits of the mind have been stretched, they can never go back to their original dimensions.”
Run Epic my friends!