When you think of your goals, how ‘safe’ are they? When I say safe, what I mean is how easy are they for you to achieve? Are your goals always changing or do they tend to be the same – lose weight, get fit, tone up etc?
These are good goals that have different meanings to each of us but how much of a challenge are they to you? Do they excite you? Do they scare you? When you think of them, do you question yourself for coming up with them and wonder if they’re possible or not?
If you haven’t answered yes to any or all of the above questions then the chances are you may not achieve them or, at least, not have the overwhelming desire to jump out of bed in the mornings in order to chase them. If your goals don’t excite you or scare you then where’s the motivation to go after them?
If your goals tend to go round in circles – the same ones constantly, then you either need to redefine them or create new ones.
It’s ok, I woke up this morning realising that my goals haven’t changed much in a while and decided to do something about it. I entered this event at Run Balmoral. I already have the Paris Marathon on 9th April and Stirling Marathon on 21st May but somehow this excited me and scared me at the same time! I have done the 10k and the 15 mile trail race before (on separate occasions) but the challenge of doing them in the same weekend along with the 5k and Duathlon just 2 weeks after Paris makes me chuckle nervously.
In 2014, I ran all 4 races (5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon) at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (doing the ‘Hairy’ as they call it) as part of a fundraising challenge for Macmillan in memory of my Dad and at the time, it took me right out of my comfort zone and turned out to be one of the most amazing things I have ever done.
In many ways, this event brings back memories of Edinburgh and it would be wrong to expect the same kind of experience. This challenge will be different though, it will be asking a lot of new questions about myself. The Edinburgh challenge was 2 years ago and now I have to raise myself to a whole new level of fitness to get there.
The thought of this challenge is as scary and exciting, if not more so, than the Edinburgh one and I’m looking forward to it. It’s not only the challenge that excites me but the journey of discovery to get there.
Tell me about your goals. What would you really like to do but aren’t sure if it’s possible for you to do it?