“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” –2 Chronicles 15:7
In the coming days we will all be reminded about the challenges of trying to keep a New Year’s resolution. Statistics say over 75% of us don’t keep them. Most of these goals are not new ideas and often involve weight, physical activity, or finances.
As runners we are no different in that we may shoot for a new PR or new distance. However, I would bet that many individuals who set out to run their first half or full marathon have a much higher rate of success than most who decide to set a New Year’s Resolution on Dec 31st.
Most people who are successful in completing a new distance put some thought into it. They do a few things which experts say are critical: They created a plan, told others, and ideally trained with someone.
3 Key elements: Identify a Meaningful Goal, Create a Plan, and Find someone to hold you Accountable. So easy yet so hard!
I would stress that the plan is the key since it is the most difficult to keep. While crossing a finish line at that new distance or in a new record time is important, it is the training we put into that goal which has made us stronger, faster, and often more confident on race day and beyond.
Since you are reading this I would hope that you also have a goal to strengthen your faith. What kind of goal? While going to church every Sunday is a great start, it’s only once a week and I doubt any training plan would be effective if you did something once a week. At the very minimum consider praying daily and/or reading scripture. There are tons of resources that can help and don’t forget the plan or someone to hold you accountable.
Regardless of the goal you set, don’t only focus on the finish line. Pay attention to what it takes to get there and how the journey will not only prepare you for success, but make you better for achieving it in the process.
I pray the New Year brings along the blessings of happiness, peace, and success to you and your family.