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Making a slow start

Most people start out sprinting toward their goals and wind up huffing and puffing by week 3.  Let’s not do that.  Instead, take it slow and build consistency.  Make the steps of your goal into habits and you’re almost ensured of success (provided you’ve chosen the right steps).

Break your goals into long-term, medium-term and short-term targets.  A goal of running a 5k might look like this:

  • Short-term target:  consistently walk 5k per day
  • Medium-term target:  run 2 mile every other day
  • Long-term target:  sign up for and run a 5k race

As you can see, it’s more of a sketch than a blueprint but depending on the level of detail you prefer, you can always add more information under each item.  The point is, start slow and build up to your goals rather than trying to accomplish them all at once.  Again, it’s your turn.


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