Set Your Goals “Sky” High
So far, this year has been extremely busy for me. While adapting to my new professional role I was looking forward to having a quieter August to recharge my batteries.
Then Yuri informed me on August 10th that he had signed me up for a 10K race happening on Labor Day, September 1st!
A man’s job is always to fix things and find solutions. And he did!
I’ve been complaining for some time that I wanted to get back into running after taking a small 9-month break (for no particular reason ‚Ä¶ just had no motivation). This was his way of helping me!
At first I was extremely excited! I used to run 5K 2-3 times per week, so I didn’t think this was gonna be a hard ramp up, even though I only had 20 days to prepare. I dug out my running shoes and hit the track.
On my third day of training, it was a lovely Saturday morning; gorgeous 70 degree weather! I was full of energy and excitement. I set my Nike running app for a 4 mille run and charged ahead. Just about when I hit the mile 2 mark, I started noticing that my left knee was beginning to hurt. I didn’t make much of it. Why would I? I’ve never had any injury before and I couldn’t think of a good reason for it. As I continued to run, the pain became more and more intense, but I pushed thru. I finished my run and felt amazingly charged for the rest of the day.
The next morning I woke up and I couldn’t move or bend my knee! I became petrified. First, it hurt like hell. Second, there was only 15 days left until the race. And third, Yuri had also signed up for the race! But please note: Yuri is not a runner and hasn’t ran as much in the past as I did. I just couldn’t afford to let him run this race without me. No way!!!
The pain in my knee set me back for about 6 days. I just couldn’t run. I tried a few times, but every time I bent my knee, I would have tears in my eyes.
As this was happening to me, I kept thinking about other examples in our lives that have similar scenarios. What I came to realize is that every time I had set a crazy high (almost unattainable) goal for myself, there always was gonna be some kind of setback. But this setback was a teaching lesson, a “break it” or “make it” point on the journey. For those of you who know me, I am not a quitter. I refuse to give up. No matter what it is!
I love this quote by Winston Churchill:
I live by it!
When Labor Day came about, both Yuri and I ran the race.
How high are your financial, personal and professional goals? Do you get tears in your eyes, trying so hard, just because you wanted it so bad?