I met a major goal today. I ran a 5k in under forty minutes, without stopping or walking. It was 30° and there is snow on the ground, but I did it.
If you remember, I wrote a post earlier this year about the phrase: Don’t Stop Until You’re Proud. It’s a phrase I’ve come back to numerous times over the last few months.
I’m a planner, but to be honest, I’ve never been a big goal setter, at least when it comes to non-work related things. I honestly can’t remember the last time I set a large goal like this. I’m good with small goals. Short-term endeavors. Checking things off of a list. I get distracted easily with larger projects (I get distracted easily, period).
Running 3.1 miles in under 40 minutes without stopping or walking was a looong-term goal. It took me 134 days from the start of my training plan to today to achieve it.
I didn’t stop, and now I’m proud.
Goal setting, though, is a tricky art. Too short term and you don’t always value what it takes to achieve it. You may not appreciate the results as much. Too long term and it’s easy to lose focus. You get distracted. Too many goals and they’re easy to discard in place of others.
I always have good intentions when I set goals, but my follow-through isn’t always the best for any number of reasons.
But, I’ve met this goal. So now I wonder, “what’s next?”
To me, goal setting is about finding a balance. I want to set a goal I have to work to achieve, but not one so difficult that I don’t stand a chance of achieving it.
So here it is: I would like to get my time to under 35 minutes. From there, who knows?
What about you? How do you go about setting goals? What goals are you currently working towards?