“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu

This past weekend I had the privilege of watching a few friends run the NYC Marathon. To be honest, it was my first experience watching at marathon in general. I never understood the purpose of going just to watch. However, within 5 minutes of standing in the first location I went to I was in tears. I was overwhelmed with the determination and perseverance of each runner and the amount of support and positivity each spectator was giving out. It was amazing to see people genuinely cheering on runners they didn’t even know at all. When talking to one of my friends who ran the marathon the next day, she tried to articulate the feelings she had throughout. She, too, was overwhelmed by the support from friends, strangers, and fellow runners. During the miles where she felt she might not be able to do it, it was this support that helped her through it.

It’s obvious that running a marathon not only takes a lot of physical preparation, but also a huge amount of mental training as well. If a runner goes into the process only focusing on the 26.2 miles that can become daunting and seemingly impossible. They need to set up a training program that takes them step by step and mile by mile over a period of time. If they stick to this plan, chances are they will reach the finish.

The same goes for manifesting the changes we want to see in our lives. Proper goal setting is the key to seeing our dreams become realities. When working with clients, I guide them in creating a plan made up of SMART goals.

          S – specific

          M – measurable

                                A – attainable

                  R – realistic

                  T – time sensitive

We begin by creating a macro-goal, a larger goal to be achieved over a period of time. Next, I have them list all the things they need to achieve this goal. This could include learning a new skill or an increase in finances. One thing everyone always needs is support. Even if we are extremely independent, it is crucial to have a support system to help you through those rough patches. The support can come in a variety of forms, whether that is a coach that is there to hold you accountable and help you to strategically work through obstacles or family and friends that are there to love you unconditionally.  Then, I have them list all the possible obstacles and distractions. By recognizing the problems we may encounter, we can then make a plan to overcome them. Many times these obstacles are not physical, but are actually rooted in mental and emotional blockages. Finally, I guide them into making medium size goals and then micro, or small, goals for each of the medium goals. When that is done, we now have a step by step plan, similar to the marathon training program, to achieve that long term goal. The impossible just became possible!  

 

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