How to Accomplish Even Your Most Challenging Goals
This afternoon I will run my 12th marathon of the year, and my fourth in the past 28 days. When I started running I was determined to do whatever it took to keep my body and mind in peak condition. To do so, I competed in triathlons and after I ran my first marathon in NYC in November 2006, and I’ve been addicted to the 26.2 miles ever sense. After I ran across the finish line in the NYC marathon, my body was in complete pain, but I felt a sense of accomplishment that I hadn’t yet experienced. I ran the marathon in 3 hours and 52 minutes and it surprised me. I found at that moment that I had more in me than I had ever thought. It showed me that if you put your mind to something and don’t give up, you can have what you want. After that first marathon was over I said to myself, “When is the next one?”
A few months later, I ran the Virginia Beach marathon with bad stomach pains. My time was 3 hours and 31 minutes. My wife Shawntel said to me one time, “Why do you run these marathons?” to which I responded, “I don’t know how much I have in me, how fast I can run, how many I can do. All I know is I don’t want to be 70 years old and say to myself, ‘Was there more in me that I didn’t discover?’ I want to know that I utilized everything that God gave me.”
In 2008, I qualified for the revered Boston Marathon by running the Berlin Marathon in 3 hours and 19 minutes. I’ve now run in Boston for four straight years and it never gets old. Today, I enjoy running because it allows me to challenge myself with new goals and it forces me to never give up even when everything says to stop. Running provides me with peace of mind and a healthy body.
This year, I decided to challenge myself to run 12 marathons. And today marks the completion of that goal.
Despite the fact that I had the one of the busiest schedules I’ve ever faced this year, I worked hard to find time to keep running and preparing for the marathons. I implemented a strategic plan to accomplish my goal. This goal setting strategy is successful for all types of difficult challenges, not just running, so I wanted to share it with you here.
- Define what you want and what is the ultimate goal that you want to accomplish.
- Clearly develop each step required to accomplish your goal.
- Monitor where you are along the way continuously.
- Evaluate what is needed to maintain the course for completion.
- Work hard and stay focused.Once you have accomplished your goal….
- Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate! Draw in everyone close to you to share in the celebration of a challenge overcome and a goal accomplished!
Step six is one of the most important elements of accomplishing your goals. This celebration is your reward to yourself for your hard work. It will give you the drive to start on your next major accomplishment! In life, I believe that goals drive attitude and productivity. Goals that stretch you and force you to overcome obstacles will always increase your capacity to be able to do more next time. Whether it’s a personal goal or business goal, having and accomplishing challenging goals always keep each area of your life moving forward with positive momentum.
And remember, the word “can’t” does not exist in your vocabulary and the word “YES” always refers to “I will” and “I can.”