Its the beginning of the year, and like many people across the world I am reflecting on the last year and considering what goals to set for the upcoming year. Many times these goals tend to repeat themselves from year to year, or I skip a year and come back to an old goal that failed or was put on the back burner. If these goals or dreams keep coming back to me, then they must be important. I have extra time to reflect more as opposed to planning right now since my wife and I have a new baby in our lives.
People - you need people to help you! This you can find with a running community, others with similar goals, and friends to keep you accountable. Its much easier to get out of the door to go running on those early mornings when you have other people who are counting on you. This is what makes our community special. Everyone in Trail Roots supports other members and their individual goals. While we are all running together, we do not all have the same goal. We find others that have similar goals, however and tend to group up.
Proof - Look at others who have achieved what you look to accomplish with your goal. You can learn from these people and get tips/feedback on how you can more likely make it to the finish line. Talk to people that you run with. Ask them about their experience. In his blog, Jonathan mentions that some people have blind faith, but that the majority of us need to see some proof.
Picture - Set objective bench marks and ways to track your progress. We are often more likely to focus on our progress if we set some bench marks along the way. Otherwise we tend to focus on how far we are from the goal and get give up hope. This is why we have B races, or practice races or even time trials. They provide opportunity to see your improvements and make adjustments where needed.
Practical Process -You need a path that's adaptive and actionable. For runners this is a custom training plan. We help create a realistic plan that will be adaptable and effective for your individual needs.
Practice- You need to develop a practice that is somewhere between ritual and habit. Brushing your teeth is closer to habit, driving to work is habit, and running or meditating is closer to ritual. So by keeping consistent with your new ritual, and it can become closer to a habit.