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SET YOURSELF UP TO COMMIT TO YOUR GOALS

Having a goal is one thing but being responsible & committed to meet that goal is another. Goals without responsibility & commitment are just wishes or dreams.

One day I was out running getting some exercise when I had a revelation about goals and commitment. While I was running outside I said to myself, “Wow, it’s so pretty outside! What a perfect day to run…” Than I thought, “I’m willing to use the treadmill when I need to but I rather run outside”. After thinking this I wanted to know more about myself so I thought about why I felt this way & this is what I got…

1) It’s much prettier outside than the inside the gym or inside my garage

2) When I’m on the treadmill I’m not going anywhere so it’s boring to me.

3) I run more when I run outside.

This last reason stopped me and made me think!

Why do I run more when I run outside? Am I more motivated because it’s nice? Yes, But there is another reason I have never though of before.

I figured out that it’s because I’m more responsible & committed when I’m running outside. How am I more responsible & committed?



Let’s say my goal is to run 5 miles. When I get on the treadmill to do these 5 miles I’m not only bored but I’m not fully committed. Why aren’t I fully committed when running on my treadmill? The reason is that I can stop the treadmill at anytime by a simple push of a button. But when I go run outside what happens? When I go outside for a run I go run for about 2-3 miles than turn around & run back home. What does this do? It makes me responsible & committed.

Once I run out a couple miles I HAVE TO turn around & run back home! I mean, I can walk back but ill still get exercise, yet still I’d rather at least jog since I’m already out there. So I found that running this way outside makes me more responsible & committed to meet my goal for my run.

The lesson:

Having a goal is one thing but being responsible & committed to meet that goal is another. Goals without responsibility & commitment are just wishes or dreams.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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