I’m so excited to introduce the awesomeness that is Allie from Vita – Train for Life. I love her no nonsense just do it approach to running and life. She’s the definition of NO EXCUSES!
As a fitness instructor, personal trainer and friend, I could never do that is a phrase I hear all too often. Start running? Nope. Sign up for a race? OMG never. Run a marathon? Have you lost your mind? The problem is that no one seems to actually stop and think about what they’re saying, before they spit these words out and, of course, this can carry over into your life aspirations – not just running and racing goals.
Since 2015 is almost here, I thought I would use the pedestal Jill has so graciously given me on her space today to talk about overcoming self-doubt, and setting and attaining any goal you damn well please.
1. You Have to WANT to Do It.
This seems like a no-brainer but, I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me “oh I could never run a marathon” and when I respond with “well, do you want to?” they have to think about it. This is step one people. No one (I know) wakes up and runs a marathon. It’s a very deliberate, painstaking journey that is achieved over time (sometimes years!) and by choosing a training plan that is perfectly tailored for you.
If you decide, after careful consideration, that you really want to do something, nothing can stop you.
2. Don’t Be Scared
Almost anything new you’re trying to do or achieve is scary. If you’re dreaming big (the way you should be) it will scare the hell out of you. Ride that adrenaline! Use it as your fuel. What’s the alternative?
3. Think Like an Alcoholic
Not drink, think! I used to say this to my clients all.the.time. Think like a recovering alcoholic and take it one day at a time. It’s the very best mindset to be in. You need to have a very short-term memory. If you have a ‘bad’ day or skip a workout or something essential to your goal, pick it up again the next day. I would go so far as to say ‘live in the moment’ but let’s not get crazy.
4. Don’t Care Too Much
I know this sounds like a contradiction to the previous three points, but hear me out. It’s great to have very defined, attainable goals as long as they don’t take over your life. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and stop at nothing to achieve a dream, so try not to alienate everyone and everything else in the process. Kids still need to eat and sleep is also required.
5. Set Three Goals
This is your safety net. Life is messy and shit happens. This doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you don’t achieve your loftiest goal. I use this as a rule for myself when I’m racing and it works out very well.
- Goal number one should always be what you think the bare minimum achievement is. In a race it may be to finish. That, in and of itself, is a great goal which some may never attain.
- Goal two should be somewhat of a reach but attainable within your training structure. I usually set goal two in the event that the weather doesn’t cooperate or I have a nagging injury that may flare-up.
- Goal three is the ultimate, reach for the stars, I am an unstoppable force, goal of such status you will smile in your sleep if you reach it.
Ever since I was a four year-old fledgling gymnast, my father has told me “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Dream it, believe it and just freakin’ do it!
Allie is a sweat addict and gets her fix through running for Team Oiselle, cycling and chasing after her five year-old twin boys. On any given day you can find her racing, freelance writing, reading, dreaming about yoga and coming to terms with being a stay-at-home mom. Allie’s blog VITA – Train for Life is all about hard work and motivation with a healthy kick of snark and hilarity. Allie currently teaches fitness classes near her home in the Northeast where she and her husband like to live it up big!
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