Breaking it down

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Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

I was speaking with a marathon runner yesterday.  I have always been fascinated by the endurance they display to keep running many miles over many hours.  I asked him how he keeps going.  He told me he breaks his marathon up into 5km goals.  He is very confident he can run 5km, and as he reaches each one, he slows down, drinks some water, takes some breaths and starts another 5km.  Before he knows it, he has completed his marathon.

When we feel overwhelmed with the task ahead, it can create fear and block our energy to perform.  Allowing our minds to break down these tasks into small increments, creates a clear vision and helps us achieve our goals.  For some it might be breaking it down to a day, an hour or a minute.  No matter what, we can achieve anything from a clear indomitable will.

“I’m a firm believer in goal setting.  Step by step.  I can’t see any other way of accomplishing anything.”   Michael Jordan

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31 thoughts on “Breaking it down

  1. I loved reading this post. I am 73 and have been setting goals for myself all my life. None of them being running a marathon of course but in life its self. Not long ago I was having a conversation with a friend and told her one of my goals was to revisit Italy. She looked at me a little funny and said; “At your age, you’re setting goals?”.
    I answered; “Yes of course, don’t you?”
    I am constantly setting goals for myself, I might not achieve them all but it keeps me looking forward to tomorrow.
    Thanks for reinforcing my belief.

    1. Thankyou for sharing your experience with goal setting! You are an inspiration and remind us all to stay focused and achieve our dreams. It’s great that you continue to set goals and I hope you get to Italy soon. 😃

  2. This is a very intriguing post ~ I never thought of this in such a clear manner, but this is how I approach many things…working out being one easy example, breaking it into manageable pieces. I do this subconsciously, as I know these are things I must do…but I wonder when the times I feel overwhelmed is due to my viewing things as a whole, and the impossibility of the task looked at without dividing things up makes it that much more difficult. Great post once again Karen.

    1. It’s true Randall. The times I am overwhelmed, is when I see the whole picture before me. Once I shift my perspective, and break it down, I see a way through. It always works. Have a great day 🌻

  3. This is so practical … And is a strategy that works for the largest of goals. In Japan I think it is called the Kaizen way.
    I also recall being asked “how do you eat an elephant? ” the answer was “one bite at a time”. I answered “why would I want to eat an elephant? ….

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