Archives For Goals

Ask anyone that has run a marathon, miles 20-22 are the hardest miles of the race. At this point your mind starts thinking what the heck am I doing out here. Your body is hurting and you are not thinking about the accomplishment of the 20 miles you have run and only 6.2 miles to go. You’re thinking with emotions. You’re thinking 6.2 miles feels like an eternity. All life’s goals and breakthroughs are that way. Just before you can see the sunrise it is the darkest part of night. These 4 things helped me to push through the barriers and finish the race.

1. Get out of emotion: Emotions are fickle; they are either high or low. When the race started my body wanted to go faster and I had adrenaline running through my body, it was key to slow myself down. At 20 miles my emotions where the opposite. 6.2 miles seemed closer to 6.2 years. I stopped asking  how I felt and put one painful foot in front of the other.

2. Leave the drama: Why did my mind go to emotions? Drama, that ugly word everyone hates but we all have. Anytime we are not present we are in drama. I was thinking about how far I had come and how the race had affected my body. I felt like a victim. I had a cold, cramped legs, and it was hot. Poor me why oh why, wallowing in my misery. The key was to stop thinking about the situation or the mileage and just enjoy myself in spite of the aches and pain.

3. Replenish yourself: In a marathon about every two miles they have water and a snack of gummy bears or pretzels. Why? Because the amount of calories, salt, and water your body expends. Replenishing at least part of what you have burned is very important if you want to stand at the finish line. I try to read my Bible every morning and get time alone for the same reason. I need to be filed back up to pursue the race with a fire and energy to break through the hump in the road.

4. Remember the why: The why helped me remove the drama and emotion. With everything we need to understand the why behind the goal we are pursuing. The why makes us brave. Most of the time we don’t take the time to ask the why, but this is very important. I would be willing to even lose my life for the right why. For my faith and family are just two of them. The why in these two things are greater than life itself to me. The why is large enough to do what would be impossible without it.

If the road is tough you may be close to a break through! Remember the why, replenish your reserves and get your mind focused on the present. As it says in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” So press on toward the goal today by understanding the greater why behind it all. Be blessed in the marathon of life.

   I had trained for months for my first marathon in Portland Oregon on October 7 2012. I had a goal to run it in 3hrs and 30min.  I had trained at that pace and was confidant I would get that goal.  Unfortunately the thursday before the race I became sick.  Race day came and I decided to change my goal to 4hrs.  I began the race and 9 miles in I realised I needed to change my goal to just finish the race. At 5:12  I crossed the finish line tired but happy and accomplished.  Because when outside circumstances changed I reacted and changed my goal.

Most of the times there are going to be unforseen outside circumstances the happen to us that make it impossible to hit short-term goals.  We need to look at the long-term goal and recalibrate and set new short-term goals.  This has 3 necessary benefits.

1. It refocuses us towards today: If I would have not been willing to move on my goals I would not have finished my first marathon. I would have gone to fast under the new circumstances and probably had to medical out.  If you get laid off your going to stop your savings goal and switch to trying to get a job.  We need to adapt and change. It will help us to get the most out of our day. Refocusing on the new goal instead of dwelling on the unattainable or already attained goal.

2. It brings enjoyment to the journey: Life is supposed to be enjoyed as a whole. We should be stretching but if we are usually straining this is not good. Straining is an unhealthy life style that will shorten your life and probably make you pretty miserable. Be realistic with whats in front of you. Stretch to new levels but don’t strain daily.

3. Pride and accomplishment is returned: If I would not have reset my goal I would not have felt accomplished for running my first marathon. Because I did I have already signed up for my next marathon. We need a sense of traction a sense of winning. A quick win, not everyday but most days. If we get this sense of accomplishment it will be great confidence and fuel for the long journey of this life.

So if you have failed on some goals. Congratulations your humans. Instead of wallowing in misery reset goals and refocus your gaze on today. If you press the reset button you will be amazed at the new energy, focus, and passion that will return to you. Continue to be blessed on this journey of life as you stretch yourself.

When have you had to reset goals? How did that help?

Start This Hour

zechariahnewman —  June 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

Many of us have decided to start eating healthy once we have over-ate or made a claim to watch less television after spending a whole day watching the glowing cube. Or my personal favorite that I used for years was I will read my bible tomorrow. Why is it that we decide to pursue what we really want out of this life after we have done almost the complete opposite of our long-term dream. An almost fantasy for tomorrow while today is wasted. We know God has called us to something different but we are unwilling to make the commitment until our flesh is fulfilled.

Of course we can spend less money after a huge shopping spree and will exercise tomorrow after sitting all day. These are easy ways to lie to ourselves while we live out our days in tomorrows. General George Patton JR said, “A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.”

It is as simple as this: dip our toe in the water and ease in, or jump in the deep end. Either way get wet. Don’t sit by the pool saying, “I’m hot man the pool would be nice, tomorrow that will be so nice to get in the pool. I’m going to sit here and wait til tomorrow.”  That would be silly, but we all do that. So if we want to lose some pounds we need to put the donut down now. If we want to get out of debt we need to stop using debt now. Let’s live for today and tomorrow will come, for we will already have one day toward our dream. One day toward those things that will truly make us smile.

Fear is the number one roadblock in this life to not achieving our goals and dreams.  Every person feels fear, so why do some seem to rise above the fears while others shrink back and freeze?  What makes one person rise up and seize the vision for their life while another sinks lower and lower blaming all for their lack of success?  There are many reasons that we all fear, but the one I would like to focus on today is the fear that the dream and vision is too large. Here are some examples: “I can’t possibly run a marathon that’s too far.” ” A million dollars! I will never have a million dollars.”  Maybe your dreams or visions are not either of these things, but if you’re a dreamer like me they are probably really big and huge and while at least a little scary.

Reducing  long-term dreams and goals down into yearly and monthly goals will create a sense of accomplishment.  If the goal is big and it will take ten years to get to the finished project it is easy to not start.  Instead if it is broken down into yearly goals and then into monthly when we start, there is a sense of living our dream today not someday way off  ten years from now.  When we work on our dream now and accomplish our goal for the month there is a since that the ship has left the dock.  We are on our way and it energizes us the next month and the next month and then one day we look up and can’t believe our eyes we are so close we can taste it.

Breaking down the dreams also allows our mind and heart to focus on today.  Nothing kills a dream faster than never moving into the doing part of the dream.  We all know the dreamers, they say things like, “If someone would only” and “I’m just waiting on…”.   If this is you stop it and start doing something, anything. Inaction is the killer of dreams.  If we break down the dream into bite size pieces we can do something today and that focus day after day over time leads to the mountain of success.

Living just for today allows God to give us what we need.  God gives us and provides everything we need for today. The Bible talks a lot about God’s provision for today.  If God showed us everything at once we would say “no thanks” that’s too hard.  But He gives us the grace we need just for the day so we can rise up and seize all that He has for us.

So today I encourage everyone to start living your dream today by reducing your goals down into bite size pieces.  Be like a river flowing in and out of.  Arise and seize the day.  Plan your dreams for just today and we all will be blessed.