"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight."
— Jim Rohn
Goals, even small or short‐term goals, can focus us in a way that can shift our perception of the world around us.
This morning I started a 5k training program. A few days ago I set the goal of running my best 5k by the end of May. Let’s be clear, I have been running almost zero times in the past year. I occasionally get goaded into chasing my boys on their scooters (and…have to endure their cackling laughs as they exclaim “DADDY’S RUNNING!!!!”…all while still outpacing me easily on their scooters).
I was going to write last week about the idea of using this crisis to rise up – setting big goals for transformation and stepping up to new levels, but today I experienced a very different impact of goal setting. I had been wanting to get back in the habit of running for weeks. As I said in my last post (Letting Go), I have frequently been getting swept down the rabbit hole of angst and high productivity; pushing myself to run X times per week wasn’t getting any traction. It’s just too easy to put it off until tomorrow. But once I set a goal, it started to activate. It also took my mind off of the present and all the other things I could’ve spun myself into at my computer. A small positive step that has the potential to be a positive habit and bring one little healthy element to the structure of my days. It feels wonderful.
Be well and stay safe!