One of my friends set a goal to run 1000 miles this year. To a non-runner, and at first glance, this may seem unrealistic and unattainable. After all, that’s roughly the distance between Philly, PA and Jackson, MS —and who does that? Then, I thought about it, broke it down into smaller chunks, and found that it would average out to be 2.74 miles per day. Yes, 2.74 miles per day for 365 days. That seemed more doable, yet there was one major thing that he would have to conquer in order to achieve it: DISCIPLINE.
That’s what I admire most about this friend. He is very disciplined and demonstrates great perseverance. He whittles away the miles one at a time. Repeat…he does them ONE MILE AT A TIME. He has not allowed injury, weather conditions or a shortage of running buddies deter him from reaching his 1000 miles. Despite numerous obstacles, he continued to press forward. And guess what? He is on track to achieve the goal by mid December which includes participating in the 2013 New York Marathon.
This reminds me of how good we have become at setting goals, but too often fall short because we lack the level of discipline required to see them through. We start off doing fine, but the moment there is a change in the norm, we begin to make excuses for why we can’t do it today, or tell ourselves that we will double up tomorrow. The powerful message I’ve received from following my friend on his running goal is this: Break the large goal down into realistic and manageable pieces, then work towards those one at a time. Simple, right?
During this season of thanksgiving, I am thankful for friends and family who provide constant reminders that “the race is not given to the swift, but to the one who endures till the end“. That means that it may not come as quickly as we want, but when we are disciplined and committed to putting in the work, we will indeed achieve our goal.
Stay the course!