An Unlikely Competitor by jennyyingdi


									Goal Setting

 Family Health
        An Unlikely Competitor
The legendary story of Cliff Young is already known to many runners. If
   you're aren't familiar with it, you're in for a fascinating read.
Every year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance
   racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the
   world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to
   complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes
   who train specially for the event. These athletes are typically less
   than 30 years old and backed by large companies such as Nike.
In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race.
   Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To
   everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race
   number and joined the other runners.
The press and other athletes became curious and questioned Cliff.
    They told him, "You're crazy, there's no way you can finish this
    race." To which he replied, "Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm
    where we couldn't afford horses or tractors, and the whole time I
    was growing up, whenever the storms would roll in, I'd have to go
    out and round up the sheep. We had 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres.
    Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days.
    It took a long time, but I'd always catch them. I believe I can run
    this race."
When the race started, the pros quickly left Cliff behind. The crowds
    and television audience were entertained because Cliff didn't even
    run properly; he appeared to shuffle. Many even feared for the old
    farmer's safety.
The Tortoise and the Hare
All of the professional athletes knew that it took about 5 days to finish
    the race. In order to compete, one had to run about 18 hours a day
    and sleep the remaining 6 hours. The thing is, Cliff Young didn't
    know that!
When the morning of the second day came, everyone was in for
    another surprise. Not only was Cliff still in the race, he had
    continued jogging all night.
Eventually Cliff was asked about his tactics for the rest of the race. To
    everyone's disbelief, he claimed he would run straight through to the
    finish without sleeping.
Cliff kept running. Each night he came a little closer to the leading pack.
    By the final night, he had surpassed all of the young, world-class
    athletes. He was the first competitor to cross the finish line and he
    set a new course record.
When Cliff was awarded the winning prize of $10,000, he said he didn't
    know there was a prize and insisted that he did not enter for the
    money. He ended up giving all of his winnings to several other
    runners, an act that endeared him to all of Australia.
Continued Inspiration
In the following year, Cliff entered the same race and took 7th place.
    Not even a displaced hip during the race stopped him.
Cliff came to prominence again in 1997, aged 76
when he attempted to raise money for homeless
children by running around Australia's border. He
completed 6,520 kilometers of the 16,000-kilometer
run before he had to pull out because his only crew
member became ill. Cliff Young passed away in
2003 at age 81. (Source
       Running the Race of Life
          In your Journal answer the following

• What are your thoughts after hearing the story
  about Cliff?
• Describe how you think his life experiences
  helped him reach a goal?
• Explain how this story can be applied to your life.
   – Think about your experiences.
   – Think about how others have influenced your
     decisions and beliefs.
   – Think about your goals and aspirations in life.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
                  Today you decided…

Who to talk to                 Get out of bed
To feed the dog                What to eat
To smile                       How to get to school
To cry                         Comb your hair
To text                        Plans for the day
To be grumpy                   What to wear
Tie your shoes                 Brush your teeth
Zip your pants                 Shower
Drive too fast                 What to say
            Do Ya Got It?
• What do you think it takes to make a
• What decisions take more thought then
• How good are your decision making skills?
• What or who influences your decisions?
• How do they effect others?
         Cost v.s. Benefits
• John W. Turk says…
    We have no simple problems or easy
        decisions after kindergarten.
• Ask yourself when you make a decision…
  – What am I going to gain?
  – What am I going to lose?
  – Is it worth it?
• Choice or chance
• Pluses and minuses
     Are You Going to Pop?
• George L. Morrisey says…
Developing the plan is actually laying out the
  sequence of events that have to occur for
          you to achieve your goal.

• How are you going to “pop”?
         Did You Know?
• What does this do for you as you think
  about your future, others futures, the
  future of our city, state, country and
  ultimately the world?
        Set Up for Success
• Define success
• Success whip
• Thomas Edison says…
Many of life’s failures are people who did not
   realize how close they were to success
              when they gave up.
•   Aim
•   Plan
•   Achieve
•   Accept
•   Personal
•   Realistic
•   Gives direction
•   Purpose in life
           Short Term Goals
•   Happening soon
•   Shorter steps
•   Sometimes leads to long term goal
•   Things to consider…
    – What needs to happen now?
    – Cost vs benefits
    – Where do I ultimately want to go?
         Long Term Goals
• Life time achievements
  – Career
  – Financial
  – Family
  – Home
  – Physical
  – Emotional
  – Social
               Setting Goals
•   Write them down
•   Safe
•   Satisfying
•   Sensible
•   Similar
•   Specific
•   Supported
•   Action Plan
•   Track your progress
•   Reward yourself
    The Pursuit of Happyness
  X0JA-s (1:59)
• Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t
  do something…not even me”.

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