Systems vs. Goals

By Alexis Finniss | In Fitness, Strong Mom, Training | on September 3, 2014


Now that I’ve made you set specific goals for yourself, I want you to try looking at things a little differently. I personally like to set goals for myself, in particular races, because it helps me set up a training schedule. I know I have to stick to the schedule in order to achieve the result I want without getting hurt. I’ve also learned that varying the types of races i.e. distance or sport like triathlon helps me to avoid getting stuck in a rut or bored with one particular exercise. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” I was after copying this quote for workout class that I read this article. Read it. God’s timing is never accidental!

This article combines my desire for each of you to appreciate where you are now while at the same time making adjustments to continue to challenge yourself to be the best you, you can be! I know so many people who set goals for themselves only to get frustrated by what seems like an insurmountable final task. The one I hear most often has to do with running. “I could never do a half marathon, I can barely run 3 miles.” I’ve heard this more times that I can count. Did you know that most beginning half marathon training schedules start with running 3 miles? Did you know that you only have to be able to run 13 miles once during an entire half marathon training program? In fact, most beginner programs only have you run one 10 mile run before you run your race! This is where systems vs. goals resonates with me the most. I love the goal of wanting

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to train for a half marathon (yes I see the irony of using this example after reading the article), but instead of focusing on I have to run 13.1 miles, focus on today I have to run 3 miles. That way with each long run you accomplish you can relish in the fact that you have a new furthest you’ve ever run. Build on your success and realize once you “DIG DEEP” there is no stopping you!! “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out!”

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