Starting to run? Don’t just set goals, achieve them

If anybody knows how to achieve their goals, it’s a man who rowed across the Atlantic and attempted the North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic

Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 16:46

If you require certain resources to help you achieve your goal, identify these up front and make sure you have them in place.

Habits and rituals 
If you can make your required activity a habit and incorporate it into your daily and weekly routine, then you will stack the odds enormously in your favour. By making it part of your routine, you will also, over time, remove the need for discipline and will power. If your activity requires monumental amounts of will power and discipline, this will be very difficult to sustain. So if needs be, start small and build on this.

Be brave
Tell friends and family about your goal. When you put your goals and dreams out there, the world does conspire to help you achieve them. This might sound a tad “fluffy” but I know from experience it works. Telling others about your goals may require some courage but it might also add a little pressure and accountability which can be very helpful and very healthy when it comes to achieving goals.

Fear of failure
There is nothing wrong with being afraid of failure, but don’t allow it to stop you from pursuing your goal(s). During the summer, along with three team mates, I attempted to row through the North West Passage in the Canadian Arctic. Despite our best efforts, we didn’t make it across the whole way.Ultimately Mother Nature was just too powerful and she didn’t allow us to pass on this occasion.

The reality of life is that we won’t always get the outcomes we set out for. In this instance, I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, despite the final destination.

Being clear on your authentic motivation, understanding how you work and being courageous will go a long way towards achieving your goals and, in the process, making 2014 an incredible year. Good luck.

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