Sunday, April 27, 2014

Minimizing the Stress of Goal-Setting Through Continual Preparation and Conditioning

I had the opportunity to run in my fourth Country Music Half-Marathon. It was not planned, but I did it nonetheless. Shout-out to the East Nasty Running Club. I am very grateful to be a part of a wonderful running group. The Wednesday runs served as my training.

Some asked me this year if I had plans to run, and my answer was always, "if so, it will definitely be a last minute decision", not knowing how true this statement would become. So, what is to be learned from this latest life experiences? I am glad you asked the question. For the frame on this topic, I ask that you think about setting goals, engaging in the event, and pursuing the accomplishment. We all do it, and often push off things/goals to relieve the stress we have in our lives, due to existing goals and responsibilities. I learned some important things yesterday about this:
  1. If it's a lifestyle, you are always prepared.
  2. If you can achieve it without the stress of preparing too much, then why stress over it?
  3. If you plan to be a significant figure in your world, whatever your world may be, you must always be prepared to take on big goals.
  4. If you have an interest in doing something, but are waiting on someone/something to press you to do it, you might as well go ahead and do it.
  5. Sore legs heal much faster than the regret of not doing something.
I hope this helps. I learned so much from this experience.

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