It’s been two weeks since I set a major goal in the health account of my life plan. I have learned that changing a bad habit and creating a good one is difficult to do. There have been times when physically I have wanted to give up, mentally I have been exhausted, and emotionally I’ve been drained. However, the excitement and focus I have on my goal has kept me on the path each day, and overall very excited about the changes occurring in my life.

As I reflect on the past two weeks, there are five lessons I’ve learned and want to share with you. I hope these five lessons are an encouragement to you as you change your habits and develop major goals for the different accounts in your life plan.

  1. There will be setbacks and distractions. When I first started running my feet hurt, the running app I had on my phone did not work right, and my schedule exploded with random appointments that wanted to take the time I set aside for training. I had to make my training a priority in my schedule and adjust to the setbacks I was experiencing. I resolved to not let other’s lack of planning, technology glitches, or soreness prevent me from doing what I needed to do each day.
  2. You will experience pain. Sometimes the comfort zone we leave fights back with body aches, fears, stress, and feelings of inadequacy. In time, this pain will subside and be replaced by feelings of strength, accomplishment and purpose. Faith in my body and mind’s ability to adjust and renew has kept me going during the initial experience of pain.
  3. Mental strength is very important. I’ve learned that you cannot compartmentalize the different areas of your life and have some healthy and others not. Balance in life and work leads to the best mental strength, and allows you to have the greatest impact on your goals and objectives.
  4. You need a “team” surrounding you. I have been using the RunKeeper app on my iPad to track my progress and share updates with my Street Team. I have a virtual team of runners by my side; they are working hard to develop a running habit just like I am. Who is on your team? Do you have others around you that are working on changing their habits that you can meet with regularly for progress updates, encouragement, and support?
  5. Keep your eye on your goal. Yesterday I ran and walked for 30 minutes in the pouring rain. I was cold, wet, and tired. My attitude though was positive because I kept visualizing myself competing in the Hood to Coast Relay. I thought about what it would feel like, look like, and the overall experience of achieving success by finishing the race. This helped my attitude and allowed me to endure the poor weather and physical exhaustion I was feeling.

The battle between our head and heart is sometimes the most fierce when we make changes in our behavior and habits. This is especially true when our new commitments take us out of our comfort zone and require us to stretch ourselves to new limits. Keep pressing on with your goals.

Make it a great day!

Coach Dan