I always have passions in sport since I was young, though I do not consider myself an athlete, I tried many sport activities.
Since I started working (8 years ago), I have been following what the trends were, I went to gym, I swam, I was even thinking to buy bicycle/roller-board/ice skates, persuading myself that if I bought those equipment then I will start exercising more.
No sports I did for long. I then understood it takes more than just passions (if your passion is not huge enough) to continue doing a sport.
Back then, badminton and squash were my favorites.
Now, I still love badminton and squash, but I embrace running.
I know this sport is a sport that would work for me (when I got to know more about my personality and what is scientific theory behind to make me stick to this sport for long):
It is one of the sports I can do alone, I do not need to book a court for it, it is free, it needs the least sport accessories.
This sport totally works for me, I did not give myself the chance to find an excuse not to do it. It is just too convenient for my daily schedule. I can just change once I get home and go to the park (just behind my house) and start this sport.
I understand I have to prioritize my passion from my so many ‘favorite’ sports, and it should be running.
I then set up a goal for myself, and it is to complete a full marathon in 4hours (it is not a great time, but it will be a decent one for my current body).
Then, I built a system to achieve it, which is to run at least 3 times a week, with minimum 30min for each run.
The rest is only how to make myself stick to the system.
I do below to make sure things are at the easiest way for myself to follow the system I made:
– Make it a habit. When an activity became a habit, I know I will keep doing it as part of my lifestyle (I think this definitely works, as I did an experiment for myself in this article on I built the habit to get up once alarm gets off)
– Make a schedule, plan the week ahead. I schedule on which day I must run, and how long I should run
– Make advanced schedule with friends. I make a date with my friend for a run in next week while I feel motivated now. I always run with my housemate on most Wednesday night, it is like my weekly schedule
– Make the long-term goal measurable. I know how good I feel when I know I am on the right track towards achieving my goal and to know this, I record how many times and how far I ran (I use phone app to record this)
– Make a short-term achievable goal which leads towards your long-term goal. I registered for a 21km and 10km run for myself so that I always remember how important I need to practice consistently so that I could complete the 2 runs
Thu far, this method has been doing well for me to follow the system. My time record for 10km run was 58m; 21km run was 2h 05m
I am happy with the time despite I just started my training from June 2016.
The fulfillment were enormous not just from the time records but knowing I am able to run consistently for 7 months, the joy after I end each run; the health improvement I received, these are priceless
Let’s create a system for your goal now. Remember, nothing beats ‘Do It Now‘.