Posted by: Susan Loken | May 13, 2010

Setting goals

As I was running my 10 mile run today I was thinking about the importance of goal setting. For a goal to be a GOAL you must write it down and act as if you ARE going to achieve it. If you don’t, it is simply a wish or a hope.

Each day you need to do one thing that gets you closer to that goal. It also needs to be clear and defined.

For example, in February, I told myself that I was going to try and get in shape to run the Duluth marathon and qualify for the trials. Well, guess what? It’s the end of May and I’m not in shape to run a qualifying pace marathon in Duluth next month.

So, after my run I went straight to my computer and typed in big bold letters…

I will run a 2:45:00 marathon in Twin Cities on October 3, 2010.

I also typed my favorite quote at the bottom of the page.

“90% of doing anything is believing that you can!”

 I placed a copy on my refrigerator and a copy on the mirror in my bathroom. Every day, I will do something that gets me one step closer to achieving my goal. I will act as if I am going to qualify for the trials. Now, the wheels are in motion for me to succeed. I feel alive. I feel motivated. I have a personal goal to achieve.

All of this positive thinking and my run today went great! I ran the first 5 miles at a comfortable 7:20 pace and finished the last 5 miles at a 6:50 pace. The weather was beautiful. When I arrived home, I had this sense of accomplishment. I feel as if I’m on the right track to accomplish my goal. And does it feel good, or what?!

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