What did a guy that I don’t know (and have never spoken to) teach me about accomplishing goals? Alot.
Every morning on my way to the train station, I pass behind the Orange Post Office. Everyday, without fail, I see an older man sprinting up the hill behind the Post Office. He is usually wearing his postal office uniform and sneakers, his feet moving ever so swiftly. Whenever I see him, I can’t help but stop in awe. (Watch the video here or below)
Think of one thing you always wanted to do but never did. What was the reason? Maybe there was something else that was a high priority for you or you just didn’t have the time (excuses!). Chances are, you can probably think of a host of reasons why you didn’t tackle that new DIY project or start that new class you had your hopes on for a while. Life can be full of distractions that can get in the way of your goals. The key is finding a way to clear out the unnecessary clutter and get on the road to accomplishing all that you want. Life is too short to make excuses.
Life can be full of distractions that can get in the way of your goals. The key is finding a way to clear out the unnecessary clutter and get on the road to accomplishing all that you want. Life is too short to make excuses.
Here are five tips about accomplishing your goals that I learned from my favorite local running sensation.
1. He makes time. This guy doesn’t care if he has a job to go to. He makes time before work. You can make time for something if you really want it, so stop making excuses. Wake up a little earlier. Make the time to do what you need to do.
2. He doesn’t care who is watching. Quit psyching yourself out with the “I don’t want anyone to see me doing this” or the “I would probably sound crazy if I told someone this was my passion”. Stop caring about what people think and focus on achieving. You might just end up inspiring someone else to attack their dreams or goals. (This guy inspired me to write this post!)
3. He’s Consistent. We are creatures of habits. If you know you want to accomplish a task you’ve been working on, then carve out time each day to do so. Consistency helps dreams become normalcies. For instance, let’s say this man had a goal of working out every morning before work. This is no longer his goal. It’s his reality. He made it happen.
4. He doesn’t use fancy tools. Keep things simple. Want to learn how to paint? You don’t need a fancy paint brushes or acrylic paint to get started. You can go to a store, purchase some cheap commercial paint, brushes, and paper and just get started. This runner/post office worker doesn’t use fancy athletic gear. He’s actually remains in his post office uniform during his workouts. While that may be a bit extreme (I am a bit of a sweat-phobe and could never imagine wearing the clothes I work out with to work), he puts Nike’s JUST DO IT slogan to good use. Stop thinking about all the things you think you need and focus on how you can do what you need to do with what you already have.
5. He knows no limits. If you can’t tell, this guy has to be in his early to late 50s… and he’s still running (sprinting at that!). Age is nothing but a number, so don’t ever use it as a crutch. In fact, don’t use anything as a crutch!
Keep running toward your dreams!
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