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Steady Progress Leads to the Results You Want

Three weeks into 2015, how are you doing with your goals/resolutions for the year?

If you’re like me, you’re working on some big things this year, and three weeks is barely enough time to put  a dent into any of them. The fact that so little progress has been made to date could be seen as frustrating if I wasn’t fully committed to the task at hand.

Make Steady Progress

No wonder so many resolutions struggle to make it past the three week mark. Read more

New Years Resolutions, Success, Work

Are Marathoners Better at Keeping New Years Resolutions?

New Years Resolutions (or any big goals, for that matter) sound good for the first few days of the year. But, now that we are a couple of weeks into 2015, the burden associated with keeping our resolutions start to get real. By now, we are back at work, the kids are back in school, and the demands of “real life” are back with a vengeance and our resolutions become more and more difficult to maintain.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to keep their New Years Resolutions by the second week of January. However, I’m still going strong on my resolutions for 2015, and I have no plans to start slacking in the foreseeable future.

Now, I don’t say this to brag. I’m struggling with a couple of my resolutions, but I have strategies in place to help me pick up the slack without sacrificing the momentum I’ve created on the goals that are going strong right now. Read more

Perfection is for Suckers

Now that we are a week into 2015, how are you doing with your running resolutions?

Are you still going strong? Are you barely hanging on? Have you already thrown in the towel?

While I am admittedly a fan of setting running resolutions/goals at the start of a new year, it is frustrating to me to see how many people shoot for the moon but then give up in just a few short weeks (if they even make it that long).

So, if I can ask again, how are you doing with your resolutions?

Perfection is Impossible

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Why do we struggle so much with keeping our resolutions? Do we bite off more than we can chew? Do we lack the fortitude to do what it takes to keep grinding away when the going gets tough? Do we tend to set token resolutions, the kind we have no intention of ever keeping anyway, so we don’t feel bad when we inevitably give up?

I don’t think so.

You know why I think we tend to give up on our resolutions? Because when we set a resolution, we demand perfection from ourselves. And once we fail once or twice, we simply say the hell with even trying and resign ourselves to starting over again next year.

News flash yall. Perfection is impossible. Whatever your resolution might be, there is no way that the road to achievement will be perfectly smooth. While you may feel like everything must go perfectly with your resolution in 2015 in order for it to be considered successful, in the real world that will never happen.

And if that’s your expectation, you seriously should give up right now.

Perfection is Elusive, but It’s Still a Good Goal

There is nothing wrong with shooting for perfection when it come to your 2015 resolutions.

Perfection, Target, Goal

I’ve set some lofty goals for this year, and I’m going to do everything that I can to achieve them. But I’m also fully aware that I could miss a day of posting, maybe take longer to read a book than I thought, or end up with an injury that prevents me from hitting my mileage goals.

And if any of those things happen, I will not consider myself a failure for coming up short on one of my goals.

I have a goal of creating 365 posts this year. If I end up with only 360, that’s still pretty damn good and I’d still consider that a very successful year. Sure, I’d prefer to be a perfect 365 for 365, but if I happen to miss a day, why would I give up? Why not just keep going?

The Only Way You Can Truly Fail is to Quit

So now that we are 7 days into 2015, how are you doing with your resolutions? If you’re still riding high, keep building the momentum and moving forward. But if you’re struggling, don’t give up. Just accept the fact that you ultimately won’t be perfect, but there is no reason you can’t continually strive for perfection.

If you keep striving for perfection and refuse to quit the times you fall short, there is no way you’ll be anything but successful 358 days from today.

Perfection is impossible, but damn good is well within your reach.

So keep pushing forward, and don’t ever give up.

Runners Share Their Running Resolutions for 2015

Fellow Runners Offer Their Running Resolutions for 2015


If you’ve been paying attention for the past few days, it’s pretty clear that I’m a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you want to call them resolutions or goals for the year, I love making big plans for myself and being able to see how much my hard work and consistent effort can accomplish over a period of weeks and months.

When I talk about my goals and plans for 2015, I hope that I’m able to inspire others to set big goals for themselves and then do whatever it takes to achieve them by the end of the year.

I’m not the only runner in the world that has goals for 2015 that are capable of inspiring action in others. I asked a number of running friends of mine to share their goals for their running this year, and I was floored by the response.

Runners Share Their Running Resolutions for 2015

Running Resolutions for 2015

I’m excited to share the running resolutions of the following individuals with you on today’s episode of the podcast, which has the feel of a group run. Read more

How to Eat an Elephant and Keep Your 2015 Resolutions

There are no shortage of adages out there designed to help you stay the course and make incremental progress when you’re working on tackling a big goal.

Chinese, Proverb, Progress, Steady, Consistent

The hardest part of being successful when chasing down big goals is often simply staying the course. On January 1st, it’s easy to set big goals for the new year. If you read my post from yesterday, you know that I’ve got some big goals for myself in 2015.

There is no way that I will be able to accomplish any of those goals in a few weeks. Or even a few months. But by the end of the year, if I keep making steady progress, there is no reason that I can’t be successful with all of my goals.

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Whether or not you made any resolutions yesterday, there is a good chance there is something that you’re working on that is a big picture/long term kind of project. It could be running related or it could be something completely removed from running.

Whatever you are working towards, whatever your goal is, there is no reason that you can’t be successful. Oftentimes, the biggest hurdle to your own success, New Year’s Resolution or otherwise, is yourself.

So get out of your own way.

If you keep moving forward, keep making small progress and don’t give up, there is nothing that can prevent you from reaching the goals/resolutions that you have set for yourself, this year and beyond.

“When you eat an elephant, take it one bite at a time.”

~Creighton Abrams

Eat an Elephant, Progress, Step by Step


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