Over the past few days I’ve spoken with a number of people about setting goals higher than we think we can accomplish. Much of this discussion has been around running a local 5K race. Some of the people ran a 5K earlier this year, but then life got in the way and they haven’t been running lately. Others are afraid that it might be a bit painful to run or walk a 5K. Some are just afraid of tackling something they’ve never done before. And of course there’s the weather question: what if it rains?
I encouraged each person to set their goals high, take a deep breath, and make the plunge. Now, I’m not suggesting that you run a half-marathon (13.1 miles) without putting in training, or apply for a new job without first doing your research. What I’m talking about is going for something challenging, but not overwhelming or impossible. Accomplishing a goal that we’ve had percolating in the back of our minds. Meeting a challenge that we secretly have been dreaming about.
I’d really like to know: when was the last time you tackled something difficult, a challenge that you set just for yourself? What goal did you accomplish, and how did it make you feel? What’s stopping you from setting a new goal today?