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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!

From: Richard F.
Sent on: Monday, January 2, 2012 6:02 PM

Did you make resolutions or Goals?

New Year’s resolutions have been around since people raised a glass to toast one another during December holidays.

People make resolutions because they’re fun, they seem worthwhile, and the media keeps the tradition going.

When it comes to making resolutions or goals, no one says you can’t have fun!

People from all walks of life make resolutions.  The most successful, however, make resolutions while using effective goal-setting techniques.  (All resolutions are not goals!)

What makes an effective Goal?

Your goal needs to be challenging but reachable.

Your goal has to be quantifiable.

Your goal needs to have a timeline.

As an example:

I want to meet a minimum of _______________ new people each month while having fun and running ______ mile(s) faster in 2012 than in 2011 as I continue to develop as a stronger/more fit runner.


In the best of all worlds, you achieve your goals with balance and relative simplicity, a little bit at a time.

Or (similarly!) by meeting up with the Run Seattle For Life group at one or more events each week.

Pursue with vigor.  All the while, recognize that they might end up as stepping stones to other goals that emerge as you realize one desirable outcome after another.

Keep in mind that if you approach each goal with a balanced perspective, maintain relative simplicity as often as possible, and recognize that progress made one step at a time can result in spectacular achievement, you’ll probably do just fine.

Accepting good isn’t a substitute for getting better.  If you can get better you should take it.  Better is simple but it’s not easy.  If you take the effort to make some changes it WILL GET BETTER.

Your pursuit of better is rarely an even progression.  It’s more like two steps forward and one step back.

Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward.


Cheers to living a great 2012. And we hope to meet many of you that we have not yet met and much more of those that we don’t see enough of!

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