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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!
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  • FITCOFFEEMOM357
    I am so proud of you. I want to be like you. I am trying to plan my first 5k for 2012 and I am taking tips from you and others.


    3827 days ago
  • IBSHAUN
    Thanks for sharing the perspective on goals - how true it is!
    3835 days ago
  • DMILLER78
    That is my current mind set...only set goals that you can achieve because I feel like a failure if I don't. Still trying to change my way of thinking.
    3836 days ago
  • SUNNYDAZE9
    Thanks for the selection on goal setting. It gives me something new to think about.
    3837 days ago
  • FLMOMX2
    emoticon Praying for your success.
    3837 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Love this blog! I can get frustrated easily sometimes, so that can account for goals that are easily attainable. But other times I dream big, too.

    Requested this book from the library . . .
    3837 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2010 2:03:03 PM
  • FRECKS96
    Awesome!! I tend to set low bar goals too. It's definitely something I've been working on. I also am trying to be more aware of not getting down on myself when I don't reach my goals-even my little daily ones.

    Keep up the great work and you'll have an awesome winter and a great race!
    3837 days ago
  • YELLOWBIRD01
    Thank you for the great blog on goal setting!! It was much needed today!! Thank you!! Something I need to work on for the coming year!!

    Good luck with your upcoming half marathon!! I am not a runner, my knees will not let me, so I have a lot of admiration for those who do run!! I love to walk though!!!!

    Keep up the great work!!!

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    Jenn
    3837 days ago
  • TENACIOUSTRISH
    Thanks for sharing...I was never a runner but I give props to those who are!
    3837 days ago
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