Here is my pattern for progressing and achieving goals.
Today I've finished another OCR run—the longest one in my life - 13km.
And I did 100% of the 50 obstacles.
Next stop - +21km / 70 obstacles on trail&OCR run.
Seven months ago, I barely did 6km.
And I accomplished ~80% of the obstacles.
I thought I would never do 13km at that time and didn't even dream about 21km.
But I fell in love with OCR runs.
So I did goal planning exactly like I do at my professional job.
Each quarter I planned something that was out of my immediate reach.
So I stimulated my growth.
But It's also not that far, to not demotivate me too early.
I just needed to push a little bit harder, be more creative, and stay determined.
And within the next few weeks, my out-of-reach goals become a reality.
I call it "120% goals".
They push me out of my comfort zone, but they are also close enough so that I can accomplish them quickly, enjoy the victory and keep moving on.
So this is how I am going to finish the +21km race, through mountains, with +70 obstacles. Something I couldn't even imagine in the last year.
I'll reach this dream exactly how I build software, lead teams, and achieve my other goals.
PS if you want to check how I measure progress, here is the latest blog posts about that: Simple data tracking solutions for engineering leaders