I have been thinking about personal goals lately, about how to achieve them and what they should be. After I started running I started to realize the steps you need to go through to achieve them, at least when it comes to exercise, and maybe they will help in other areas.
How to start:
First off it is important to start veeeeery slowly, and make it so that you don’t think you are actually putting in a lot of effort. My running program on my mobile started with walking 2 kilometers and kept it in that area for a few weeks, three times a week. 10 weeks later I was running 5 kilometers and feeling weird if I couldn’t finish that distance. Three weeks after that I am doing a new program that gets me to 10 kilometers and doing 5 kilometers three times a week. I am even eyeing a marathon at some point, and thinking about increasing my ways of exercising to include strength training.
In a similar fashion, I want to get good at writing or blogging. So I decided to start posting on a schedule, finding ideas and writing the structure every week. So far, so good.
How to continue:
Secondly, for me at least, I find it very important to have an external goal. I know I want to do a marathon at some point and going on officially held runs helps me get to that point slowly. After my couch to 5km program I did the Color Run, which was 5km. Now, for the 10km run, I have chosen to participate in the 10km run in the Reykjavik marathon. I feel excited.
For the writing part, I haven’t really found a good external goal for the blogging. I know there are blogging competitions out there, but I don’t know if one can “train” for them.
How to keep at it:
Thirdly, the things that you do have to reflect your values. I know that exercising is important to me, just to keep me moving, to do something fun and keep my head clear. Similarly, blogging or writing is something that has been a part of me for so long, it is my creative outlet and I want to get better at it. I used to write stories as a child and I tend to find words, and the images they conjure up, so funny.
Achieving goals was something that I never thought would be a part of me. Now that it is becoming so, I am starting to enjoy setting others. Doing it is also helping me feel better about myself and my life.