What Are You Working Towards?4
Do you now know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I’ve been training for the half marathon since October, and the race itself is in April. For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out what my next goal will be in this new lifestyle of fitness. And before you say it, no. I’m not going to run a marathon. I’m perfectly content with 13.1 miles. I’ve got a few ideas, but I’m still hammering them out in my head. I’ll let you know soon, though.
I started setting goals at an early age, I think. I knew I wanted to be a court reporter from 8th grade on. Everything I did from that point was working towards that career. I achieved the goal. Circumstances changed. So did the career.
To a certain extent it devastated me. I didn’t know how to accept the fact that the thing that I’d worked my whole life for wasn’t going to be the thing I’d be doing my whole life. Everyone told me I had to be working towards goals in my life.
No one told me that those goals would change or evolve.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming anyone for my ignorance. I just don’t want you to think that if your goals change, then you’re a failure.
When we make goals, we start at the very beginning of the race. We have no idea what is going to happen along the way. We don’t know what runners are going to quit halfway through or fall down and get hurt. We don’t know if we’re going to trip over something along the way. We have no idea what is going to happen.
Sometimes working towards our goals isn’t about the goals themselves.
Sometimes it’s just about the journey.
I believe in goals. I believe without them we’re just walking around aimlessly and not getting a darn thing done. I believe with goals we’re stronger and better and motivated. We’re on a mission. I just don’t want us to get so focused on the goal that we forget that the journey is what is going to change us.
Achieving the goal doesn’t make us who we are.
What we learned along the way? That’s the stuff they write books about.
What have you learned along one of your journeys?