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Run the World: An Ultramarathoner's Advice for Setting and Achieving Your Biggest Goals

Magazine article Success

Run the World: An Ultramarathoner's Advice for Setting and Achieving Your Biggest Goals

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Scott Jurek is no stranger to conquering big goals. The 42-year-old ultramarathoner spent the last 22 years breaking myriad time, distance and endurance records. Most recently, he set the thru-hike speed record on the Appalachian Trail, hiking 2,189 miles (the entire trail) in 46 days. Now Jurek is focusing on a different types of endurance: raising his first child and writing his second book. He offers these tips for anyone looking to set and accomplish big goals for 2017, such as losing weight or training for a marathon.

* Make it sustainable. Your goal should be specific enough to motivate you but broad and stimulating enough for you to stay energized during the difficult points.

* Don't overshoot. When creating your goals, create three levels: A, B and C. A is your biggest goal, so dream big. But be realistic with B and C; celebrate when you reach them. Ignore any inner monologue about settling for less. By hitting your C goal, you're still accomplishing something you've never achieved. …

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