How to Achieve Your Goals


Photography by Jameson MacFarland-Hall


We’ve all been there. We get an inkling, a sniff, a hint of this idea that seems so scary but seems so perfect. Fast forward and imagine these scenarios. You’re at the finish line of your first marathon. You’re closing the cover of the 52nd you’ve read this year. Or maybe you’re reviewing a bank statement and realize that you reached your financial savings goal.


Maybe one of these accomplishments excites you. If not, then something else probably does! Setting goals is one thing, accomplishing goals is something else. It can often all feel so fleeting and down right impossible to finish a goal that you’ve been set on.

Here are 5 tips on setting and achieving your goals.



1. Dare Greatly

Humans are capable of incredible things. The largest and first hurdle to cross is finding your own expectation of what your capacity is. You want to understand what your mind and body can handle. When you find your limit, push on a little further to explore the unknown on your personal limitations.


I.e. If you’ve run a 5k, a good next step might be a 10k or half-marathon. Maybe don’t jump straight to a 100 mile race.


Start your physical goal with a 5k! Join us on April 24 for the Rock ’N Run by Friend 2 Friend.



Photography by Jameson MacFarland-Hall


2. Make a Plan

People are successful when they fulfill or exceed the expectations given or assigned to them. You want wake up and know how to move the needle a little further toward achieving your goal each day. Maybe that requires a workout plan, a reading schedule, or daily check-in. Set yourself up for success by giving yourself expectations to follow through with.


Look at our fitness classes so you can work them into your schedule.


3. Set Milestones

Chances are, your goal is going to take some time to meet. Along the way, you need encouragement. Setting milestones is a great way to check in and see how you’re getting on with your goal. Try splitting your goal up into quarters and using those milestones to celebrate your current accomplishments.



Photography by Jameson MacFarland-Hall


4. “Embrace the Suck”

An age old military saying is perfectly coined to understand how to approach the low points in your journey. The reason you’re setting this goal is because you want to make a change and you want to become a better person through the experience. There is no short cut and no cheat code to become a better person. Learn to embrace the times where things are hard. Exist within them and stop running from the challenging times. You’ll shock yourself with how strong you can be.


Suffering is easier when you’re with someone, join one of our adult leagues to meet other people!


5. Write It Down

You don’t need to be C.S. Lewis to have meaningful writing. Keeping a journal of your progress can help you understand what is and isn’t working for you. Over days, weeks, and months, you won’t be able to remember everything you’ve learned. Track your progress and your reactions. It’s important to make adjustments and be able to look back at how far you’ve come.



Photography by Jameson MacFarland-Hall


When you finish your goal, celebrate the accomplishment! You’ve done something incredible and part of growing as a person is understanding how to be happy with who you are, just as you are.


The NAV hosts amazing private events and parties for any celebration. Learn more here.


We have an incredible staff of people that are dedicated to helping you fulfill your goals. Our fitness classes, leagues, events, and so on are all developed with you in mind. Whether it’s achieving a fitness goal, spending more time with your family, or simply having more fun, the NAV provides wonderful opportunities for the people of Moore County.


So, what are you waiting for? Approach your goals with passion and excitement.


How to Achieve Your Goals

Installment 18

January 11, 2020

Writer: Jameson MacFarland-Hall

Editor: Katherine Meakem

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