Friday, March 11, 2011

Setting Goals - Reaching Goals

I finally crossed the 8 mile mark yesterday!! It had been very elusive and it seemed like I would never get there! No I just have to get to 10 miles, but I should do that next week I hope. I didn't do it pain free though as my knee started acting up after 6.5 miles. I had to walk some of it and I hate (really HATE) that!! But better to walk and meet the goal than to fall short. And even with walking I had at least a decent "slow" time. My 2.5 hours for the half I think is a realistic goal at this time.

There's nothing like reaching a goal. It's celebratory even when it is only a smaller goal on the way to the bigger one!

There's nothing like reaching a goal to spur you on to the next one. It's like getting an energy going somewhere down inside. A confidence seems to rise - like I am very eager now to reach the 10 mile goal. I have never run more than 8 miles in my life so I cannot wait until my long run next will be a new accomplishment for me!

I think it's okay to congratulate yourself on accomplishments. I have been in religious organizations that frowned on this and called it pride. But I think we are to take pride in our work, decisions and accomplishments. It's not the bad kind of "pride" that looks down on others but a self satisfaction in knowing you did the best you could with what you had. And that's all any of us can do!

Don't go around announcing your accomplishments - but take some time today to congratulate yourself on some progress you have made in some area. Give yourself a break. Unless you set goals, reach them and celebrate - you won't ever set another goal!

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