If there is one thing I have learned over the last few years is that you need to choose carefully the people that you model your life after. A lot of people have a lot of ideas and are perfectly willing to pass these ideas off as the best way to do something. Or they have great ideas for you, but they are unwilling or worse unable to live them out themselves.
I have no real opinion of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, in most instances but one area of his life has always fascinated me. Mark knows how to set a good goal for himself.Did you know that Mark learned to speak Mandarin? Mark had a dream to build a business relationship in China. My assumption would be that he felt people would be more likely to buy in if they felt he was fully committed. Or if they could feel some sort of connection to him. So Mark decided to learn Mandarin and he gave a 20-minute speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing in Madarin. I can honestly tell you that I have no idea what his true incentive was or if he was able to get what he wanted from learning Mandarin, but I can tell you that I know he felt pretty proud of himself for setting a goal and accomplishing it. Who wouldn’t.
In 2015, Mark set the goal to read a different book every other week. My guess here is that he understands that reading is good for your mind. He may or may not enjoy reading, but he knew that reading this much would expand his mind and it would be worth it. So that was his goal and as far as I know he accomplished it.
Now this year Mark has challenged himself to run 365 miles. Mark has been seen out running before so this isn’t a completely new thing to him. Last year it seems that he decided to work on his mind and this year he is going to work on his body. 365 miles is a really good number to choose. It is doable without causing havoc to the rest of your life, but also not some simple goal that will accomplish nothing.
Mark has proven himself over the years to be motivated by challenge. That is exactly the way I am motivated. I want to do stuff that seems difficult. 5K’s are great races, but I know I can run a 5k so I don’t get as excited to do one. The half marathons I have ran got me extremely pumped up and excited. I took my training serious before the races because I wanted to prove myself. That is one of the reasons I just signed up for the Horse Capital Full Marathon. I haven’t ran a marathon yet and I want to prove to myself that I can. Plus I know that the pressure I will put on myself will help me get the rest of the weight off that I have been unable to lose.
Goals serve many purposes. I encourage every to find a goal that you will need to put some serious work into. It doesn’t have to be about running, but definitely choose something. Mark’s goal is to run 365 miles in a year. My goal is to run 26.2 miles in a day. What’s yours going to be?