I turned the corner, and the numbers came into focus on the clock counting the finishing times of the 5K I was running on Sunday morning. The clock said 25:55 as I crossed through the inflatable finish line. My first thought was that of satisfaction in finishing under my goal of 27 minutes.
The next thought was that I knew I could do better.
It’s been a few years since I’ve done a race of this specific distance, so I wasn’t sure of what pace to start at. I started too slow, and then slowly increased my speed. My failure to study the course map had me kick into my final sprint far too early, leaving me sucking wind for the last half mile. I am looking to shed about 25 pounds, which would definitely help my race time.
I also saw a glimpse of where I want to be.
I’m training for the Twin Cities Marathon in October, with the goal of qualifying for Boston in 2015. My neighbor is running the Boston Marathon in a few months, and ran this same race over 4 minutes faster. We were talking after the race, and we agreed it would be fun if we ran more races together. He invited me to run specific 5K with him in May. I instantly set my target time for that race for 21 minutes.
I thought of a recent comment on a post by a fellow blogger who commented on how once I accomplish one goal, I move immediately on to a new goal. I am driven by goals, motivated by having something to work for and achieve.
I recently made a list of the things I want to accomplish financially this year:
- Complete our Debt Management Plan
- Refinance our Mortgage
- Consolidate other Debt
- Restart Contributing to Our Retirement Plan
- Get Our Life Insurance Policies in Order
- Start Contributing To College Accounts For the Kids
These six financial goals are like a series of finish lines that I see as I look down the road of the remainder of 2014. We’ve passed the first two, and now have our eyes set squarely on the third. That’s really what life is about to me, that constant drive to always do a little better, to be a little better. At the end of the day, knowing that I achieved something that makes me even the tiniest bit better than I was at the beginning of the day lets me sleep soundly at night with a smile on my face.
Do you have a constant burn to always be better? What goals are you currently working on? What are you doing TODAY to help you achieve them?