I am always inspired when I watch the London Marathon and yesterday was no exception: I just love watching the runners – all of whom have a different reason for being there; and all putting their heart and soul into it.
For those who don’t know, I have loved running since around the age of 25 when my good friend encouraged me to go along to a running group with her because she didn’t want to be the only newbie (and secretly I am sure it was so she wouldn’t be last either). I went along and completely surprised myself that I could run for a couple of miles without collapsing in a heap. This was a massive victory for me since I was always the girl at school who was picked last for teams in every sport. Finally, it seemed that I had found something that I could do for me – and at a pace that suited me. Ok, I’d never win any medals, but I was fine with that because I was happy to race for me and the things I needed to beat were the demons in my head and hopefully, my previous best time.
So since then, on and off I have been a runner (breaks for having children, poor weather, and evenings when the glass of wine has won). I have also more recently decided to start cycling and have set a target for myself to do a Triathlon in September. It’s not even remotely comparable to a Marathon – the triathlon shouldn’t take more than 1 ¼ hours, so is within the reach of most people. But it’s still a goal and it’s still important to me.
And of course, whether you are running a Marathon or taking on a smaller challenge, the approach is the same. It starts with setting a goal, breaking it down into smaller milestones and setting out all the small steps to reach each of those milestones and eventually, the end goal. This is the approach that I am taking with my Triathlon – and this is the approach that my clients take with their goals: whether it is their goal to build a business from scratch or to get one new customer.
So what I have learned along the way – in my personal life and in coaching my clients, is that the size of the goal doesn’t matter. If a goal is set, there is usually a good reason for it and it usually represents a stretch for that person (otherwise, they wouldn’t have set it). Big goal or small, there are usually challenges along the way but each small step will take you towards the finish line.
So for me, whilst one day I’d love to think I could do a marathon (if my knees are up to it), I know that in the meantime my short runs and my triathlon is more than enough. And for you, regardless of what your goal is, it’s your goal and for every step you take towards it, be proud.