Set Your Goals “Sky” High

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 ‚Ķ 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?

Anna Sergunina
Anna Sergunina

I'm Anna Sergunina, CFP®, President & CEO at MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc. My passion lies in serving others through financial planning, helping clients achieve their dreams like buying a home, saving for education, or retiring early. With over two decades in the industry and a CFP designation since 2009, I'm dedicated to excellence and continuous growth. Beyond work, I cherish moments with my son Liam, prioritize self-care, and engage in content creation for my Money Boss Parent Podcast and Money Library blog.

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