Day 11–Meet your Running & Writing Goals

Seneca said, “Our plans miscarry if they have no aim.  When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”

The importance of goals for running and writing can’t be stressed enough. If we don’t know what harbor we are aiming for there’s no wind that will carry us there.

Imagine a sailor that does not know  his destination, for him the sea would be a frustrating place. Now imagine the writer or runner who does not have a goal, this person will be plagued with the same frustration. The sailor may leave on his voyage without a goal, but he will soon need to decide, before his food and energy give out. The same with a writer or runner, they may start with no goals, but soon there zeal and energy will wane if they don’t set goals in front of themselves

To increase your enthusiasm follow these goal setting techniques:

Be distinct and specific
Instead of saying I will write and run today, decide what you write, how far you will run and when you will do these things.

Decide on a Deadline
Procrastination will conquer, unless you give yourself a specific deadline. Write down a date that you want to have your short story completed by. Or mark your calender with how many miles you will run this week.

Be reasonable, and unreasonable
Your goals should be within reach, but at the same time a challenge.

Mark your calender and check it
Day 1 of this blog emphasized the importance of a calender or planner. So mark that calender up with your goals, and at the end of the month be sure to review them.

Running & Writing Prompt– Set a goal and meet it by the end of the week.



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2 responses to “Day 11–Meet your Running & Writing Goals

  1. I love the nautical metaphor. It’s so true. Living without goals will get you nowhere. I think it’s also a great idea to share your goals and deadlines with another person to keep you accountable, someone who won’t buy your excuses. I have a few of these people in my life…they make my life hell when I want to procrastinate, but I need that sort of tough love.

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