Listen, you are not going to get in shape, run a race, get a raise, or be successful in your career by accident. It takes planning, plotting, dedication and the ability to re-group, re-strategize and re-commit to your goals every day.
The people who succeed in reaching their goals; whether fitness, health, wealth, or business do so with the understanding that their path to success is not a straight line.
Sure, the concept of eat “x” number of calories and exercise “x” minutes per day is a good formula, but it’s not going to be that easy. Ever. Same goes for your college grad who goes to business school expecting to be the next wunderkind on Wall Street and fails spectacularly. Stuff happens and one needs to be able to adapt and adjust in order to grow and flourish.
So set your goal. Make it big and something worth working towards. Now plot your path to reaching it. Great.
Now plot a plan B, plan C and a few “if that, then this” scenarios. And of course, think of the craziest, worse thing that can happen to you that might cause you to lose your way, Write it down and what to do if “crazy” happens.
Yes, write it all down. On note cards, in a journal, on your phone in that notepad thingie. Somewhere.
Because as sure as God created little green apples (please no emails about apple seeds, good soil and water creating little green apples), you’re going to have to dig deep into your “what if” list to reach your goals. Reading and applying your scenarios will help you overcome your obstacles and help you re-group.
I know, it would be so much easier if we could snap our fingers and reach our goals. But it doesn’t so let’s get to work.
Now go run!
PS – this post was sparked by the fact that I was supposed to do a 3 mile run after boot-camp today but didn’t plan properly. My Plan B is to go on Friday, which is why I am not freaking out. 🙂