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8 Habits Of Highly Successful People Who Run

*Published with permission of VeloPress from the Believe Training Journal

Supercharge your chance at success with these tips:

Set process goals, not outcome goals

This keeps your goals in a realm where you can dictate the commitment you make and the effort you put in. Goals focused on a particular outcome will potentially put you up against other athletes, weather conditions, or other details that are out of your hands.

Related: Here’s How To Make Dreamy Goals A Reality

You can have it all, but not at the same time!

Decide what goals are most important to you. Choose which goals you will focus on and when. Leaning in one direction means pulling away from something else, even for a little while. Saying yes to your goals could also mean saying no to other plans. Drop the shoulds and the guilt.

Embrace the power of negative thoughts

Research shows that people who anticipate obstacles and pro-actively think of ways around them are more likely to achieve a goal than those who skip this step. Better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

Keep goals visible

Anything that keeps your goal at the forefront of your mind will help that goal remain a priority. Believe in yourself. Studies show that successful people have a vision and go for it!

Watch your words

Declare what you want, not what you don’t want. “I want to feel fit and fast” is better than “I don’t want to be fat and out of shape.”

Related: Are You A Warrior Or Worrier? Take The Quiz.

Share your goals

Tell someone—your coach, sister in sport, spouse—anyone who will help keep you accountable!

Reward yourself

You might think this is frivolous, that the intrinsic reward by itself is enough, but your emotional brain wants you to feel good. A reward (or punishment, as preferred by some people) will keep you motivated to continuously raise your game.

Make the time

Carve out time in your day to work on your goal. By scheduling it, you’ll be less likely to forget about it.

 

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Team WR represents the Women's Running staff and community behind the magazine and womensrunning.com. The team was created in July 2014 when Women's Running underwent its first re-design since it debuted in 2009. Collectively, Team WR has run everything, from marathon, to half, to novelty runs, to ultras, to 10K and 5K races, to obstacle events, to triathlons.