My new perspective on goal setting
Sunday, December 12, 2010
My favorite book lately has been Complete Book of Women's Running by Dagny Scott Barrios. I read it cover to cover initially, and now I go pick it up, flip it open randomly and read bits and pieces of it.
I came across this paragraph about goal setting a couple of days ago and I LOVE it! I just had to share:
"Not meeting a goal is not a failure. In fact, if success were a certainty, you wouldn't have much of a challenge to begin with. There is little poiint in setting an easily attainable goal. Goals are meant to stimulate you and inspire greatness. A goal that is obviously attainable is without value. That means that any worthy goal comes with the implication that you might not meet it. Learning and growth come only in the struggle to attain your goal."
You see, I was one of those people who would only set goals that I knew I could meet fairly easily. This new train of thought just brings this to a whole new light.
With my healthy lifestyle/weightloss journey things always seem to change with my mindset. Some days I want to focus on calorie counting, some days the focus is on calorie burning... Sometimes it is clean eating... And then I have my days where I feel like I am skinny enough and I can eat whatever I want.,... until I feel the jeans getting tight and I am up 5-10 lbs.
Starting today.... My focus is going to be eating healthy and not binge-ing or eating food I know is not good for me. And I am focusing on my training for my half marathon in 6 weeks. I know I will not be able to run the entire thing, but in 6 weeks I can greatly improvemy endurance from where I am at now and really do well. I am not worrying about the scale. It is put up... The numbers have been messing with my head a lot lately. I am totally psyching myself up for this half marathon!