Achieving Fitness Goals – do we win or do we quit?

Neils first 10k run 2014-01-22

Neil’s First 10k Run – 1 hour and 5 minutes in Jan 2014

Last Saturday, 18th April 2015, I achieved my first fitness goal of the year – I ran a 10k race in 48 minutes and 15 seconds – hurray! That’s 17 minutes and 41 seconds faster than my first practise 10k run in January 2014 – about 15 months ago, and 3 minutes 21 seconds that my fastest pace 6 months ago.

What this taught me something about goal setting – and about achieving all my other 2020 goals – business, faith, financial and relationship goals – is this – am I willing to fail?

Fail, really? Yep, fail!

You see, I set my running goal at the beginning of the year without knowing ‘how’ I would achieve it – but I set it and set about achieving it.

I trained hard, concentrated on my nutrition and followed the Forever FIT programme and ran my first 10k in March aiming to achieve a 48+ minute 10k – but only achieved 51 minutes and 23 seconds – a slight improvement of about 10 seconds and my previous best time, despite all the training, winter nights and effort! Ah! Calamity

So, to cut a further 3+ minutes from a 10k race in one month – that seemed like impossible! Especially as I had just spent 5 months taking 10 seconds off my best time.

Even in the week before my run when, on a practice run, I set a new personal best of 50 minutes and 25 seconds – my best time ever – it still felt a long way short of my goal.

So, I thought, I shan’t give up but shall I reduce my goal to a ‘under 50 minutes’ or shall I risk it and go for my original goal?

For days, I thought I’d just bank an ‘under 50 minutes’ race, but on the day – I just decided to risk failing again!

Running a faster times means that you have to set off at a higher pace – and keep that pace for longer – which means it hurts more! Yes, it *costs* more! Knowing that a faster time requires more makes it tempting to aim low – so it doesn’t hurt as much physically, but the pain of missing the goal might be just as bad.

And, I realised that I had to be willing to do this – even though I might fail in my goal.

MidRace-arley hall 2015 aprilIn the end, I hit my goal – I got a fantastic time and even lost 10 seconds to stop and re-tie my shoe lace!

But it made me realise that all my goals are achievable – if only I am willing to fail enough on the way!

So, when I look at my business, spiritual and relationahip goals, I have to ask myself, am I willing to set goals – where I don’t know ‘how’ I will do it – but I just decide that I will, and I ‘know’ it will be painful and I will fail on the way – or do I just play comfortable and play safe?

That – I believe – is the $64,000 question that determines the size of my and your success – it isn’t down to when you start something, it is down to what you choose for yourself and what you are willing to take on. What will you do?

If you set big goals for yourself, I know that you will fail on the way, you will reach a plateau; maybe a long plateau, you will discover disappointment – but, you can only be held back from your goal if you give up.

I learned all over again yesterday that winners never quit and quitters never win.

We each have that choice, for each part of our lives. Do we win? Or do we quit?