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Goals & Habits

The definition of a goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.”  Short version, something one wants to achieve.  For example, my goal is to finish a half marathon in under two hours.  But how am I going to accomplish that goal?  

The definition of a habit is “a regular tendency or practice” or “an automatic reaction to a specific situation.”

Creating good habits and setting intentions will help me achieve that goal of 13.1 miles in under two hours.  Every runner will have a training plan in place before a run.   That plan is setting the intention to train at specific days, times, and distances.  Doing this over and over will create the habits needed to achieve the goal.  I didn’t mention the other factors that go along with training: diet, hydration, proper warm-up and cool down, and strength training.  These factors will have an independent set of goals, intentions, and systems.

So there is a process to achieving whatever the desired goal is, whether it is sports, personal or professional.  Without intention or a system to reach the desired goal, goals become unattainable.

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