The goal setter

imageIn the popular TV quiz show “The Chase”, Bradley Walsh always asks each contestant to say what they would do with their potential winnings.  I watched the show the other day and was struck by one woman who was very specific about what she wanted; it was a Mini and a very specific model and colour.  Now, as anyone who has watched this game show will know, there is a point where each contestant has a choice, whether to “go high”, make things more risky for themselves but having the potential to generate a much bigger winning pot.  This lady did make this choice and as a result generated additional prize money for the whole team, who each eventually won £20,000 each, certainly enough to make this person’s dream a reality.  The point is that having a goal drives behaviour and a bigger goal makes you do bigger things.  Having a very specific goal makes it real for you.

For some time I have had a goal to run the London Marathon, but it is also important to have shorter term goals.  In December I had a goal to run 100 miles (I did over 120), my Janathon goal is to run or have a gym workout every day.  At London, I want to run it in under 3 hours 58 minutes and 36 seconds (my current PB).

Today was one of my gym days.  One of the benefits of a gym is that you can do a variety of different things to make a change from just running.  I like to warm up on a cross trainer, it feels very different from running and isn’t so harsh on my limbs.  All part of injury avoidance!

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Author: richardmann55

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, IT Solutions Architect at Fujitsu, Distance Runner with Rodillian Runners. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

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