Goal Setting

In the beautiful Akademiepark in Wiener Neustadt.

I don’t know how you feel, but I am full of energy right now. It might be the sunny weather, the fact it is spring or my new business with all its challenges is giving me highs. I don’t know and actually, the why doesn’t matter. I enjoy this state. I love feeling like bursting with energy and new ideas about what to achieve this year and which goals to set.

My goals for summer

Of course, one of those thing is to grow my business. Obviously. Another one is the renovation of our house, which we started last weekend. Yep, with a house there are always things that need to be done. 😉 Believe me, I am so looking forward to our new wooden floor and fresh painted walls. I am even constantly imagining our “new” home and what it’s going to look like. I love that.

My greatest challenge, though, is my running challenge. I want to be able to run 20 km in 2 hours by the end of summer. In order to do so, I hired a coach, we did an analysis of my physical state and today I received my plan for the first week of training. Yipppieh! Except, the plan is very ambitious, to say the least. 😉

I have do run three times a week, which is what I wanted, but I always have to run for one and a half hour. I’ve only done a long run once: 15,69 km in about 1:45 hours. So the plan might work out. But I am still a bit cautious. I mean, it is my first training plan for running ever and I need to get used to it. Nevertheless, It feels really great because it feels so right. I’ve set my goal and if I want to achieve it, I need to do it properly.

Set your goals high and work, work, work

That’s the thing with ambitions and goal setting. I think, we need to set our goals high. Because by doing so, we really put some work into achieving it and only work will do the trick. I don’t really believe in talent. I believe, we can achieve what we aim for if we are working hard enough. Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the fact, that we need to train 10.000 hours to become really good at what we trained for. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles had 10.000 hours of stage-time at the time they became a success. I do believe, the 10.000-hour-rule is true. Work hard, and you are going to be successful in what you do.

Additionally, an ex-colleague of me said: The only limit is physics. Meaning, for example: If you are, like me, not the tallest human being in the world with a big bum and cursed with Hashimoto and therefore in a constant battle with losing one or two (or 7 :-O)  Kilos overweight, it is verly likely you’ll reach your limits in running sooner than a lean, muscular athlete with long legs and zero weight-issues. I won’t ever be as fast as an athlete on a half marathon. But that’s ok. As long as I achieve my goal in running 20 k in two hours.

SMART goals and a high spirit

As I am currently all into goal setting, I know what goals have to be: SMART. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Reasonable. Time Bound.

So, my goal is a smart one. That’s one of the reasons why I know I am going to achieve it. The other one? My spirit. I am willing to run 20 km in two hours by the end of summer because I really enjoy running again. I have fun on the run (nice rhyme…). And I believe, if we enjoy what we do, achieving a goal becomes so much easier.

Last but not least, setting a goal is important for personal development. We need to actually do something in order to achieve our goals. We have to leave our comfort zone and make our life varied and a joyful experience. Because the journey is the destination and we need little goals on the way to make it an exciting journey, an exciting life.

With that said, I wish you lots of fun with the goal setting. Stay in motion!

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