Hey Everyone!  As you know from yesterday’s post, Deb and Bill are currently away on vacation.  While they relax, I will attempt to intrigue you with a post of my own.  I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Yesterday, I went running with one of my own BRFs, Becky (the picture below is old, but it is a picture of us after we ran on the beach so I figured it was perfect for the vacation theme)!


While running we talked about some of the goals we had for ourselves (mainly because I wanted to talk about my running aspirations so I forced her to talk about them with me – what are friends for?).  This whole conversation got me thinking about how important setting goals can be.  That being said, I thought I would dedicate this post to talking about a few things that really help me establish and achieve my goals.

The most important aspect of goal setting for me is being specific.  For instance wanting to drink more water is a great aspiration, but it is also very vague.  Committing yourself to drinking 89 ounces of water a day (sound familiar?) is easier to measure and thus is much more attainable.  The more specific you make your goals, the easier it is for you to determine whether or not you have accomplished them!

Another thing that helps me reach my aspirations is writing them down and posting them in places where I will see them.  Since I typically turn the light on in my room at least two or three times a day, I have a list of goals attached to my light switch.


Recently, I have started writing my goals down in a new place: on my running shoes.  Seeing my half marathon goal time as I am working on a speed workout or conquering a distance run really helps me dig a little deeper and push myself to become a better runner. Plus, a girl on my track team in high school did it and she was really fast!


Finally, TELL OTHERS about your goals!!  Before I ran my first half marathon a couple of months ago, I told a lot of people (my Mom, Becky, Dad, Kelly, sister, Joseph, and anyone else who would listen) that I was going to do it.  This made me accountable – I had to train and run the race because I had told everyone I was going to.  Further, it gave me a network of individuals who were excited for me and who motivated me to focus and go the distance.

These are the goal setting tips that work for me, hopefully they are helpful to you!

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  • Questions:
  • Do you have any goal setting tips to add?
  • What are some of your current goals?