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Overcoming Obstacles
Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Greatness

“The Greater the Obstacle, the Greater the Glory in Overcoming It.”

~Moliere


What is standing in your way of success right now?

What is preventing you from achieving something great?

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

You may never line up on a track against a couple of cheetahs (literal or metaphorical) but we all have obstacles that we have to stare down and overcome.

Overcoming Obstacles Isn’t Easy

In the book The Last Lecture, Dr. Randy Pausch talks about the brick walls that are in our lives, and how brick walls aren’t meant to keep us from getting the things we want but rather to show us how much we want them by revealing our willingness to get over the wall come hell or high-water.

I’m not much of a metaphor guy, but that one has always stuck with me.

If we really want something, we will do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever.

Overcoming Obstacles as Runners

What are the obstacles that you have to work to overcome as a runner?

Injury?

Limiting Beliefs?

A busy schedule with limited time to run?

People holding you back?

There are no shortage of obstacles that get in our way as runners as we move toward our goals, whether your goal is to run a mile without stopping or to qualify for the Olympics.

Set Your Goals High

I love it when people are willing to shoot for the moon in regards to their goals.

In fact, I’m a little envious because I really struggle with setting big goals.

That’s why this quote resonates with me so much.

If you’ve been following me very long you know that I have a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and right now the amount of time I must trim off of my time to qualify is ridiculous.

Some days it almost seems like running a BQ will be impossible for me.

But then I read this quote and begin envisioning how I’m going to feel when I get that BQ.

Right now I’ve got a brick wall that is 63 minutes and 34 seconds tall.

And when I figure out how to get over that joker, there is going to be one hell of a party on the other side!

What Running Obstacles are You Working to Overcome?

In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

Quick Tip–The Importance of Doing the Little Things

The 10,000 foot view of running is pretty simple: keep putting one foot in front of the other until you get to the finish line, then stop.

In Running and in Life, the Little Things Really Matter

But if you have goals for your running, there are many little things that you can do in order to make sure that you achieve your goals without falling apart first. Read more

Why You Need a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals

Do You Have a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals?

Goals are good things.

But what good are goals without a plan of action to help achieve success?

Not much.

Why You Need a Plan for Reaching Your Running Goals

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

Success is not an accident.

If you want to be successful with your running goals in 2015, you need to come up with a viable plan. For example, my running goal for this year is to run 1300 miles, and I’ve gone less than 20 this month. Why? Just about every day I think about going running, many days I have even wanted to go running, but my “plan” is to run when I get everything done for the day.

Guess what? As a solopreneur, everything is never done, and therefore, the runs haven’t happened as often as I’d like.

So how will I be successful at achieving my goal for the year? It won’t happen by accident, that’s for sure! 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