Last year, a friend of mine made it a goal to run in a Father’s Day triathlon. For the past year, he woke up early to work out, watched his eating, and stayed up late to catch up on work. After a solid year of sacrifice, he achieved his goal and ran in this year’s triathlon.
I was inspired to take on my goals with the same kind of dedication and sacrifice as he did. But when I looked over my list of goals, I realized that none of my goals involved a physical activity that I needed to “work out” for. My goals are just as lofty, but are more mental than physical, such as raising $1,000,000 for great student projects on AlumniChoose by July 1st 2013.
So that got me thinking…what is the mental workout equivalent of a physical workout for a triathlon? Is it waking up early? Going to bed late? Cutting all distraction out of the work day? Setting aggressive goals and doing whatever it takes to reach them? I don’t have the exact answer yet, but I know that if I’m going to hit my goals, I need to tackle them the same way my friend did with his triathlon.