Below is a great post from Runner’s World running blog. I love what Mark had to say about setting goals and staying focus; I think this post applies not only to running, but to life; I am always thinking about my academic goals and ask: Have I done all that I really want to do? Clearly for me the answer is no. I was telling a friend the other day that I have this huge hole in me that I cannot seem to fill; if I am not busy thinking about my classes and what I hope to teach, then I am thinking about what I would like to write about as it relates to various anthropological conclusions and historical narratives. Of course, this is something I hope to or have already inculcated in my classes.
This hole in me is pretty deep. At times not even my passion for teaching can fill it. Teaching can be lonely at times. Thus, many of us seek additional things to help drive our teaching. I told my headmaster not too long ago that if I did not stay busy and active off campus, I would burnout. This is the opposite of most. I need to be busy with multiple tasks; I am not saying I am a multi-tasker. I am not even close. But I do have a desire to be a constant student. This, I believe, will help me grow as an academic and a teacher. This approach has driven my return to running this past year as I hope to qualify for the Boston marathon. I think about my goals and how I hope to achieve them. Below Mark Remy presents the lessons we all can learn from Wile E Coyote. Though Mark is not a fan of the show Family Guy, I am.
Here is Mark’s Post:
That said: This picture, a screen grab from a DVD by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane — available for purchase now! — is really pretty funny. (Credit where it’s due: I stumbled across this pic on a blog called Popped Culture.)
It’s more than just funny, though. It’s also pretty apt, from a running point of view. Why? Because the message, while humorous, is dead-on accurate:
Chasing a goal is great… assuming you have another one on deck.
It’s certainly true of racing, I think. Especially for marathoning. You invest so much time and energy, overcome so many obstacles and endure so much pain, for so long, all while chasing this
Roadrunnergoal. You’re practically obsessed.
Finally, one day, you “catch” your prey. You run the race.
Ideally, you’ll have another goal, whether it’s a different race or training for a PR or, heck, even a home improvement project. As long as it’s something you can focus on, somewhere to channel your energy.
Otherwise, you just might wind up like our friend Wile E. Coyote here: depressed, aimless, out of shape, slumped in a chair staring at your trophy.
And not even Acme Rocket-Powered Roller Skates can pull you out of a slump like that.