We all know the numbers that can affect the way we feel. This could include a number on the scale, the size of your clothing, the time of a race, etc. There are so many number goals in our lives, it gets a little crazy.
As a runner I have had many time goals, but once I reach that goal I am not fulfilled and done. No, once I reach that goal I have a new goal. Don't get me wrong, I am happy I reached my goal. But reaching that goal doesn't end my running and certainly doesn't mean I am done trying to get better. It just gives me a step to another goal.
This seems all fine and dandy...until that number dictates if I can be happy. Can I be happy without a sub 90 min half marathon? Yes, absolutely. Can I be happy if the scale doesn't match whatever I think it should? Yes, absolutely. I have fought that battle, the scale will never make me smile. If you reach one goal there is just another one waiting for you. 5 more pounds...5 more pound....oh just 5 more.
Those 5 more pounds aren't going to make you happy. Instead it will be the ability to play all afternoon with your kids, getting a good nights sleep, feeling great in your skin. Those are the things that will make you happy.
So, ask yourself. What makes you happy?