My Lesson of How to Stick to One Goal for Ten Years

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1. Strong Motivation Binding with Your Core Value

You need to be honest with yourself. What moves you at some point and makes you want to commit all your energy and resources to pursue that goal. I started to run to lose weight but the real reason that I can keep doing this is that I believe I can achieve something beyond what I am capable of. I want to run a full marathon and also want to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which is the most prestigious marathon among amateur runners. By the same token, I started to pick up my swimming and bought a bike to prepare for my first triathlon was when I watched the Ironman Kona documentary presented by NBC when I was waiting in an emergency room for treating my bacterial infection. The documentary just touches my mind at the moment when I am very vulnerable.

2. You Need to Have Fun and Enjoy the Process

Enjoy the process is kind of like a cliché but is still an essential element to make goals stick. It will be hurt and challenging either mentally and physically to pursue any goals you might have. Feeling alone is probably the norm of the process since anything worth going after will be unique journeys for different people. You might find others’ footprints, but you still need to take your steps forward. If you don’t find the process is fun and enjoyable even if you need to step outside of your comfort zone, you cannot sustain long. Training for races can be grueling sometimes especially when the intensity and volume go up, but I can embrace the uncomfortable and understand this is the stepping stone to the next level.

3. You Need Frequent Check Points

For the past ten years, I participated in 3 to 5 races each year. Races are my checkpoints to make me accountable and stay on track. They are mid-term or final examinations for a training cycle. To have those races filled in, I can have short-term goals instead of feeling walking in a long tunnel without light insight.

4. The Rewarding Is Important

Every running race is a test for my fitness so I can know if I am improving or not. A sense of achievement would make people be proud of their hard works and come back again. Because of my hard training pays off, I make the podium quite frequently.

Final Thoughts

I do give up my CPA certificate altogether, but I am trying to give my coding journey a boost. I am trying to analyze the mindset I possess when I am training for my Boston Marathon and Ironman and would like to apply the methodology to improve my coding skills. I believe these four points are what matters most to stay on track and keep performing well on any goals that are worth to pursue.

Swimming, cycling, and running shape my body; coding and thinking shape my mind.

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