What has your addiction(s) taught you?
What is your addition? Before you dismiss the question, think longer and harder. An addiction is defined as a compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance, thing, or activity. Among other things, addictions drive our motivations.
Every addiction is different. Some people are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Others are addicted to sex and/or pornography. But those aren't the only addictions. Consider addictions to social media, politics, junk food and gossip. Can you think of other addictions?
I'm sure you've seen social media posts regarding health, fitness, and clean eating. Some may think that those who post daily are addicted to any combination of those areas. Welp, I no longer post daily, but yes, I am addicted to my overall health.
I have a regular running regime to keep my mind and body in shape. Running helps to clear my often cluttered mind. Running helps me to put things into prospective. Running helps me to calm my anxious soul. Running helps me to keep my body at my desired size. Running keeps my legs shapely.
Most importantly, running is my motivation for achieving success in every area of my life. As I run through the streets of various cities, I am constantly reminded of several life lessons. One such lesson surrounds goal setting. You see, each time I run, I set a goal for myself.
|Goals come from Vision|
Goals are important to me as they are suggested in the bible, in Chapter 29 of the book of Proverbs. Verse 18 tells us, "where there is no vision, the people perish..." In my pursuit of personal success, I choose life over death. I choose fruitfulness instead of ruin.
Here are three things that my running experiences have taught me about goal setting:
1. Goals help move you into action. As Stephen Covey taught us in the 7 Steps to Highly Effective People, it's important to begin with the end in mind. When we start with the end in mind, we have a target to shoot for. Goals give us something to motivate us. They give us something to look forward to. When we have a goal, we have something to work for. Something to dream about. Something to keep our focus on. Set a goal and get ready to move into your destiny!
2. Goals can be altered. Goals are not finite. In spite of the momentum that goals create, goals can change. The same way clothes get altered to fit a person, goals get changed to fit a circumstance. Changes can occur with the desired achievement date or the plan of action. One may set out to buy a house in 12 months but not move for 24 months. One may set out to fill a need in an after-school program and end up with a profitable business. Be flexible!
3. Goals are personal. My husband and I routinely tell our youngest daughter to 'run her own race.' When one sets out to accomplish something, there is bound to be someone doing something similar. Similar is to be distinguished from exactly the same. Everyone was created with their own unique characteristics, skills, experiences, etc. Goals should be created based on those individual gifts instead of comparisons to others. Discover your own identity and set your goals accordingly!
While I do not condone addictions, I realize that they do exist. Ignoring them will not make them go away. Embrace them, if you can. If one must have an addiction, at least a lesson can be learned. My health addiction, that manifests in the form of running, serves as a constant reminder to me about how I can achieve more than the average person.
Successful people set alterable, personal goals that drives them into action.
What are your goals?