How will I Accomplish My Goals?


Life seems to be throwing an awful lot of curveballs and lemons at me lately. Sometimes I feel as though my goal of completing two more halfs this year is slipping out of my grasp. We spent Monday night trying to figure out how we could possibly accomplish our plans and help my siblings and parents with their move at the same time.

At that moment it seemed that the only possibility was to cancel at least one upcoming trip. But which one? We can’t get a refund on the house we rented on Cape Cod. If I don’t run the Phoenix half, we lose a lot frequent flyer miles (not to mention there’s a side trip to see my MIL). And if we cancel our trip to NYC in November, I don’t get to meet up with friends or run the race I’m already registered for.

So little time, so much to accomplish.

Accomplish: achieve or complete successfully

Lemme tell you, Monday was a tense night. And tiring. But after a good night’s sleep (finally!), I got my ducks in a row and started to work on accomplishing things: my run, our plans for my parents, some last minute grocery shopping.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
–Anatole France

I dream all the time, of all sorts of things: of running a half in every state, of my parents realizing that the move they dread so much will actually make their lives easier, of meeting online friends in real life, of a life that doesn’t feel as though everything is spinning out of my control.

I know in order to accomplish some of those dreams, I must act: I must train, I must plan, I must continue to support my parents.

And most of the time I believe that things will work out. That every problem has a solution — sometimes even multiple solutions.

One thing I know for sure
A gentle smile, a kind look, a good-natured  smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles
–William Hazlitt

Lately it has taken every ounce of patience in my body to deal with some of the situations I find myself in. Sometimes I don’t want to be the patient one, the reasonable one, the one that apologizes even though I have done nothing wrong.

I want to scream and say “what about me? can’t you see I’m drowning here?”. And yet I know that wouldn’t accomplish anything.

Indeed, eventually, by keeping my temper and biting my tongue, what I have accomplished is avoiding blowups that would only have made things worse than they already were.

So now you’ll excuse me, as I have a ton of things to accomplish today!

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

What do you want to accomplish before the end of 2016?

Which accomplishments make you proudest?

What steps do you need to take to accomplish your dreams?

23 thoughts on “How will I Accomplish My Goals?

    1. Right now I think Dec isn’t in jeopardy, but you just never know.

      I actually *think* we’ll be able to accomplish our plans, but only time will tell. It does mean I won’t be home a whole lot for the next 6 weeks! And busy!


  1. Work will probably prevent me from my goals. Not sure how I will get to NYC? I plan take 3 days off without pay for Dec. race. But with a lower salary, that may not be smart. I will have to do the same with March. Grrrr.

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      1. That Anna is coming really complicated things. Otherwise I would cancel at this point. So don’t even what time I’m leaving and what day I am returning or even where I am staying.


  2. Drowning is a good description. I feel that way the last several years. I just can’t get the break I need to recharge and accomplish the mounds of undone tasks in my house that need it.
    I hope you can work out your plans so you can get your fun stuff in!


  3. It’s so easy to be patient when things are all going smoothly — keeping your cool when everyone is pressing on you is REALLY accomplishing something. I hope that things smooth out for you.

    And where are you going on Cape Cod??

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    1. I’m not always the most patient person, I’ll be the first to admit that.

      Initially I was going to do the ZOOMA 10k on the Cape, until they couldn’t get the permits. So now we’re just going for some RnR. Which has a whole other meaning for runners!


  4. I am an over-accomplisher. I am constantly making goals, determining a plan to reach the goal. But sometimes I get burned out. In a rut. So, I can understand how you are feeling. Sometimes we just need to stop. Taking a break often gives me perspective and helps me come back energized. Ready to accomplish something.

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  5. Why does it feel like once you get something taken care of — some other problem (or three) comes along and takes its place? That list of things to accomplish just grows… Running sure does help me sort things out. December will be a great opportunity to have some much needed fun!

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  6. I hope that in the end you have to cancel NONE of your plans and that you accomplish all that your heart desires. Sending love and many hugs across the miles.

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  7. Sometimes your goals have to give way to the reality of life. I hope everything falls into place, but I know how stressful it is when things are unsettled.


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