Have you looked at athletes or people at the peak of their game, and wondered how they did it…. you might think that they came from nowhere to be the ‘Overnight Success’.
That overnight success, took years of dedication, possibly sacrifice to get where there are today. You can do the same too whatever your goal is, by being dedicated, training for it and sticking to a plan.
I realised this through my running, setting goals that in the beginning I didn’t have a clue how I’d make it happen, although I had faith that somehow I’d figure it out along the way.
“What gets measured get’s done” Peter Drucker
By setting the goal in the future, then ‘reverse engineering’ back to now, I created a plan of attack that was fun, flexible and enjoyable. Week by week, I just stuck to the plan to the best of my ability, reviewing it each week, what worked, what didn’t, how I can improve, what do I need to tweak. The reflection was great because I could really see improvement along the way, moving one step closer to my goal.
Every time I’m at the starting line of a running race, I look around at all the other runners, and well up with emotion. I’m filled with joy, love and respect for all of them, knowing that just getting to Race Day and at the starting line is a huge achievement in itself, with the weeks and months of training leading up to this day.
Fall in love with the process
To get to that point you really have to ‘fall in love with the process’ and let go of any attachment you have to your goal, race, time. Truly, when I really got this and enjoyed where I was every day, moving forward towards my goal and enjoying the journey; running and life became fun as I was in flow.
I wish the same for you. I encourage you to look at your goals, whatever they are, create a plan to achieve them, break it down into weekly tasks, and then measure what you get done.
Let me know how you go. And remember to celebrate your small wins along the way.