Paul's Blog

I read a lot of self-development books and attend a lot of self-development seminars and I’m always surprised at how often the “experts” don’t do what they teach. I wonder, if it’s so good, why don’t they use it?

I recently posted the second of three articles about achieving goals. It is about discipline. (The first article is about focus and written goals.) Unlike some experts, I strive to practice what I preach and recently accomplished two significant balanced-life goals. The first was becoming a lifetime member at Weight Watchers. I joined in October 2005, lost 20+ pounds, and achieved lifetime status in March. I’m still on track, under my goal weight, and feeling and looking great!

The second was finishing my first FULL marathon–that’s 26.2 miles–on May 28, 2006. I ran the Brooklyn Half-Marathon on March 18 and the Long Island Half-Marathon on May 7 as tune-up races. Three years ago, the longest distance I had ever run was THREE miles.

How did I do it? I wrote down my goals and I applied discipline in my life to achieve both of these goals. It wasn’t always easy – but it was easier than you might think — and it was well worth it.

Here’s the proof…

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And you can do it, too. You can achieve your goals.

PKM head SOS shot

Paul K. McGinniss, PCC RPCC SBL MSHR
Leadership Development & Executive Coach