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Dream Big!

Go for It!

“Have a dream, make a plan, go for it.  You’ll get there, I promise.” – Zoe Koplowitz

Dream Big

How many of you are goal driven runners? The dream exists within each one of us, to some degree. Maybe the dream is simply to “just finish.” That is most certainly a worthy goal. Others have the dream of finishing with a certain time. Many have the goal of losing weight, and running is the tool to accomplish that. Some runners have the dream of making it to the Olympics. There are runners who dream of making a difference, running with a purpose in each step.  Dreaming big is good, just keep it real.

Keep it Real

Dreaming big IS good.  Still, goals should be SMART goals:  Specific, Measurable, Acheivable, Realistic and Time-bound.  If your goal is to finish a marathon, that’s great!  Just don’t do it next week.  Give yourself time.  Set intermediate goals, steps on the path to achieving your dream. Goals that seem impossible now are achievable if you are realistic and patient and you track it every step of the way. Hold yourself accountable for doing the work but you need a plan.

Formulate a Plan

Whatever your dream or goal is, it belongs to you! The first step in accomplishing a dream is to visualize it and verbalize it and understand that it’s not far-fetched. The second step is formulating a plan. To achieve the determined goal, you have to know how you’re going to get there, and it begins one step at a time. Perhaps it’s signing up for a race- just to finish. Maybe it’s creating a new training plan to accomplish a time goal. For those who want to lose weight, the plan might involve a personal trainer, pushing them to a new level of fitness. If the dream is to make a difference, pick a cause, and figure out what it is you want to accomplish. All kinds of dreams and goals exist within the running world. Whatever the goal is for you, it’s yours…. And it begins with a vision, followed by a plan.

Go for It

The last part about setting out to achieve a dream is simply going for it! That’s perhaps the scariest aspect to it. It takes time, whatever the goal is. But the results are worth it. Sometimes you won’t get the exact result you are setting out to accomplish; however, from those of us here who have set goals and not quite accomplished them, the journey is quite honestly the best part about it. When you go for something, you will inevitably learn about yourself in the process.

So, as Ms. Koplowitz said, “Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You’ll get there, I promise.”

Even if the “there” is different from what you expect. The journey is the greater part and even if you fall short, you’ll be in a better place than when you started.