“When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.” – George Fisher
It’s marathon day, only five minutes to go before the start of a grueling 42.2 km. I’ve been training rigorously for this event for the past three months. 25 of my family and friends have come to cheer me on throughout the course. The conditions are ripe for my peak performance… and I want it!
The weatherman has predicted a steamy 30+ degrees and as the crowd of runners rally towards the start line, we can tell already that it’s gonna be a very hot one.
My competitive strike (and my ego – let’s face it!) is screaming for a ‘personal best’ (PB), but as I feel the heat and hear words of caution from experienced marathon runners all around, I make a sudden decision one minute before the start: I change my target from running a ‘PB’ to simply running well and crossing the finish line.
Sometimes life presents us with external conditions that refrain us from accomplishing our goals and dreams. More often than not, I think these conditions are internal to us (e.g. our motivation, health, etc.).
I know I tend to put pressure on myself to perform, so I need to remember that life is a moving target – at home like at work. What matters most isn’t the goal itself, but the journey we go through in achieving it. It is that that teaches us lessons and enriches us. If I’m humble, flexible, authentic and I give my best, I will have all the reasons to be happy, or at least satisfied, with myself – no matter the outcome.
So how I did go in my third marathon? There was no ‘personal best’ (seven minutes short), but I ran well, strong til the end and I was the 15th woman across the finish line! Most of all, I was surrounded by my amazing cheer squad of relatives who were all so proud of me… and oh was I so equally proud of myself and of having them by my side for this very special moment!
Have you ever had a goal that was really important to you, only to realise you had to change it for some reason? How did you react? What did you learn from this experience?