Passionately Pursuing Your Goals

I recently went out for dinner and drinks with an ex-boyfriend of mine… I know what you’re thinking- don’t do it, it never ends well.  Generally I would agree with you, but of course this was different- we have a good relationship and out of this dinner came a refreshing epiphany on life and pursuing goals.  We ended up at Seaside, the same bar we met at nearly three years ago- in fact we were at the same table.  We laughed and remembered that when we first sat there we shared with each other our dreams for the future- he wanted to be a firefighter and I wanted to open a CrossFit gym.  Now, less than three years later we had both accomplished those things.  We rose our glasses and congratulated each other on reaching our goals.

This encounter made me think about the importance of setting goals you are passionate about, and what it takes to attain them.  Three years ago both of us were so fired up and willing to do whatever it took to accomplish our goals, even if it meant making sacrifices in the short term and hard work throughout it all.

You can set goals based on your career, relationships, fitness, or any other area of your life.  No matter what it is you are reaching for I believe there are some commonalities that will make it easier for you to work towards making your goals a reality.

I consider the most important aspect of a goal is that it is something that when you think about it ignites a passion within you.  Just the thought of attaining it leaves you inspired, motivated, and ready to do whatever it takes to get you there.  Sometimes when others look at someone who is single-mindedly pursuing a goal they view them as crazy.  Others may knock you down or try to deter you from working toward and reaching your goal; but if it is something you truly desire nothing will stop you.

Once you’ve identified your goal, the next key to success is good old-fashioned hard work.  This seems so obvious- but it’s surprising how many people say they want something yet aren’t willing to put in the time and do the work to attain it.  You’d like to run a marathon?  Awesome- are you willing to put in the miles, dial in your nutrition and sleep, and make sacrifices in other areas of your life?  Maybe you’re seeking new employment or a promotion.  Are you willing to work long hours, go the extra mile and put yourself out there?  It takes more than talking about something to achieve it; yet when push comes to shove too many people let their dreams go because they aren’t willing to go all in.  Be fearless, lay it on the line, and don’t let the fear of failure stop you from putting in the necessary work required for success.

Arguably the most important part of realizing your goals is having a rock solid support system.  It could be your friends, a significant other, your family, or your team- but you need people around you who support you and believe in you.  When you are working towards your goals you’ll undoubtedly come up against obstacles and self-doubt, but having a good support system helps you work through this and keep your eye on the prize.  Don’t be mistaken and think that you have to go it alone, having a group of people around you who believe in you could likely be the difference between reaching your goal and coming up short.

Be passionate, work hard, and surround yourself with positive people.  Be willing to go the extra mile and do what others aren’t willing to do to move ever closer to making your dream a reality.   If and when you do reach your goal, don’t forget to reflect back on where you’ve come from, celebrate with those who were part of the journey, and cheers to your success!

Having a group of people around you who believe in you could likely be the difference between reaching your goal and coming up short.

Christy celebrating after reaching of her goal of finishing the Run to the Top!

Be fearless, lay it on the line, and don’t let the fear of failure stop you from putting in the necessary work required for success.

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