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Make Your Goals Come True

BY Josh Cox

No matter whether they are running or life goals, making a plan, showing up, and working hard are the keys to success. Author and world class runner Josh Cox motivates you to get down to what is really important in your life.

“Reduce your plan to writing… The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” — Napoleon Hill

Life gets busy. Somewhere between family, friends, work, and sleep we’re supposed to be fit, healthy, thriving adults. The alarm sounds, we’re taking our morning coffee on our morning commute, wishing we had set the alarm a little earlier and taken care of thatdailyworkout that hasn’t been so daily. We stare at a screen, systematically sort through an inbox that moves faster than a twitter feed and navigate our day. We make it home and arrive at the moment of consequence… are we getting out the door? We aren’t really sure if we ran out of time or ran out of energy but the workout we had planned never gets off the ground. We make promises to ourselves that tomorrow will be different—tomorrow will be better. Trouble is, tomorrow is now today and things didn’t change.


I’ve been around too long to tell you that fitness is the most important thing in life- even at the professional level. There are things more important than times, teams, contracts and the daily sweat – things like family and relationships. But I will say this- living a healthy lifestyle will enhance every area of your life, athletic and otherwise. And if you don’t take time to care for yourself you won’t be around to take care of anything, or anyone, else.

“Life doesn’t have to be something that just happens to you… but it will, if you don’t have a plan.”

The common denominator with my most successful friends – from businessmen, to big league ballplayers, to brokers, to writers, to television personalities – is they show up. It sounds simple, but they’ve made a commitment to a particular way of life, one that doesn’t involve settling or taking the easy way. Working out isn’t easy but it is rewarding. We don’t control how much talent we possess but we do control our alarm clocks, how hard we work and how we spend our 24 hours. Get out the door; show up. The first step is the best step; it’s where intent meets action.



What does that mean? Start by writing down your top goals for the next six to nine months. Next, circle the three that are most important to you. Cross out the others – you’re only kidding yourself. If you try and do everything, you end up doing nothing (if you can accomplish more than three then well done, repeat the steps above and aim higher). Examine the three and write down five to six objectives that you can accomplish over the next month to move you closer to your goal.


Say your goal is to run a marathon. Your objectives would look something like this:

  • Buy running shoes
  • Sign up for the marathon
  • Get a training program
  • Keep a workout journal/log
  • Find someone to run with this week (join a running club/training group?)
  • Run 5 days a week (3 days a week before work)

Signing up for a race, getting a training plan, and finding a training partner or training group are some of the best ways I know to kick-start a healthy lifestyle change.

想写一本小说吗?每天读一个小时然后write an hour a day. There are no shortcuts to anything worthwhile. InThe Lord of the RingsJ.R.R.托尔金说:“我们要决定的就是如何处理给我们的时间。”托尔金会知道的。他花了14年的时间写一本小说,今天是所有虚构文学的基准。

Plan the work and work the plan. Another great idea is to create a personal mission statement, I write a new one each year. It will change over time and if you keep them you’ll see how you’ve evolved.

Have the courage to write your goals down and put them somewhere you’ll see it every day, because dreams don’t come true, goals do.

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About Josh Cox

Josh Cox is the American record holder in the 50K, a four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and three-time National Team member. In addition to running 140 plus mile weeks, Cox is part of the NBC and NBC Universal broadcast team and has contributed to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.