Why I Ran 100 miles: An argument for NOT making your goals about YOU.

Goals, both long and short term, are great to have – If accomplished, they help keep us on track and lead us to become better people overall. Dreams are fine too, but goals can actually get shit done.
So why do we so rarely accomplish our goals?

Some of us treat our goals like a crockpot: Set it and forget it. We neglect to work on the micro-goals that lead to the main one. We simply don’t put in the work. And then wonder why we are stuck.

Most us, though, we at least TRY. We have good intentions, a positive attitude, and we start on the journey to change, but we stop early or sabotage ourselves, almost every time.

What if we didn’t stop though? What if we accomplished every goal we set out for ourselves?
How though?

My recommendation: Make your goal BIGGER than you. Turn your goal into a positive thing for someone else other than yourself.

Pull someone else’s well being or happiness into your goal, and see what happens. Tag on a friend, an organization, a loved one, your family, onto the goal. Make your accomplishments into a benefit for them.

During the month of October, I ran 100 miles. That’s not a huge feat for a runner. But for someone who typically runs 3 miles a week at most during Run Club, it was a big change in routine and I sacrificed time, strength, and class workouts to do so.
In the wake of our former member, Brianna Allen, passing away too early, I decided to set myself a goal of 100 miles in order to raise $100 for her husband. (I encouraged the rest of the gym to also run, and we raised $800 in total with our miles! Great job, guys!)

I set the goal high and I actually stuck to it, because I wasn’t the only one who would be affected by my success or failure of my goal. Someone and something else was at stake.

If the charitable component wasn’t there, if I hadn’t thought about Brianna every single time I went out for a run, I would NOT have run 100 miles.

I had a bunch of times I felt like calling it quits – After I fell on Day 1 of the challenge and scraped up my knees and shoulder…or after I rolled my ankle during Week 3 and had to take 6 days off….or while on vacation in Florida after nights drinking…or on the days when I just didn’t feel like running… when had to go to the doctor for my tight calves…when I just wanted to walk back inside and lift a barbell instead.

I would have normally given up way earlier in the process.
Instead, I kept going. For her, not for me.

The next time you set yourself a goal, tag on another person or cause to the goal. Affect someone else, and see how it affects your own performance.

Chances are, you’ll accomplish something extraordinary.

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