When your goals aren’t big enough

My life is experiencing some serious transition lately: I’m growing my business, my family dynamic is changing, and I’m recommitted to my health and fitness. I’ve always set goals for myself but tonight I realized some of those goals just aren’t big enough. That’s right: not big enough! 

I had a stressful day so when the run club I recently joined posted an impromptu 10k run through town I figured it was my sign from the universe (Gabrielle Bernstein, anyone?) to lace up and hit the road. Over the last few months I have learned to put down the frosted sugar cookies (yes, there were some sitting on my kitchen counter this evening) and channel that energy into fitness instead. Keep in mind y’all that the last time I ran 10k was May 2017 and I was about to hit the road with a Boston Marathoner who runs a sub 20- 5k so what the hell was I thinking? Well…I ended up doing a lot of thinking during those 10 kilometres tonight.

I thought about how far I’ve come since I started running. Since I became a mother. Since I embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship. I reflected on how since I decided to take control of my life and my energy, amazing things have happened and I’m grateful for all of it. I felt grateful for the burning in my calves as we hit the 5k mark and turned around tonight. I am thankful for the focus that let me ignore the burning and keep pace with my running partners.

I reflected on how my tank top which read “stronger everyday” was the truth I’ve been living lately. We talked about my kids and how they love running and encourage and support every step I take. I know my partners tonight slowed down for me and I appreciate it, but I also acknowledge that for my first 10k in over a year, it wasn’t easy for me but I didn’t dare slow down.

That brings me to the idea of my goals not being big enough. I set a goal of running 15k by the end of August and I just ran 10k mid-June. Well…that was until one run buddy suggested I switch my Thanksgiving weekend 5k race registration to a half marathon registration. Ha ha ha, real funny, John,..then wait a minute! Why the frig not?!? Check in with another super star run friend who agreed with run buddy number 1, throw in Mel Robbin’s #5SecondRule and look out: this badass mother runner will be attempting her first half marathon this October!


  • I  recognized that the goal I had set, while worthwhile pursuing, just wasn’t big enough.
  • I feared less just enough to transfer my registration before I could talk myself out of it, (I’ll sort out the training later.)
  • To achieve big things you need to set big goals.
  • You need people brave enough to encourage you to challenge yourself.
  • It’s ok to not feel ready…you can borrow strength and courage from those around you and believe, me…I’m building my team of cheerleaders already!


I encourage you to re-evaluate your goals, whether they be business or fitness or even more personal and take a long look at them. Get brutally honest with yourself and fear a little less…are they big enough for the life you want to lead? If not, take a deep breath, count to 5 and give ‘er!

Published by Mindset Events

I have been active in the fitness and wellness industry for almost 20 years and I've combined my love for event planning with my love of fitness! I help other businesses share their talents with the world through custom-built live events. I have Bachelor of Science Honours in Human Kinetics and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Ottawa and I have been a Personal Trainer Specialist with CanFitPro since 2005.

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