I love it when my clients try something new. When they set a goal and go for it! Their excitement and enthusiasm is equal to that of a drug. It makes me want to set a loftier goal and go after it.
Often, like a honeymoon, that enthusiasm wanes. The long hours of training. The time and monetary investment. The early mornings or denied nights out so you can achieve your goal. They can take their tole. Its hard to do without or deny pleasures for a goal that seems so far off.
It great to reach for the stars and to set lofty goals for ourselves. But I have found that it is better to set smaller goals that are stepping stones to the larger goal. Afterall, if you want to swim, you first have to get into the water.
For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, but you havent run in years, start first with running a 5K. A 5K can be achieve with a 4-6 week running program, running 3 days a week for 30-45 minutes. Crossing the finish line will keep your enthusiasm going toward running a marathon. Vs. marathon training which take 12-20weeks, 6-10hours and 5-6 days of training each week.
As you find the training and reaching the smaller goals getting easier, you'll find yourself getting closer to your bigger goal. You'll be able to see the opportunities toward achieving your goals vs. the obstacles.
No big goal was ever achieved overnight. I'm reminded of this story: "I failed miserably at my first business. It was a complete and utter failure. On my second attempt, I failed. It was a terrible failure, but I could salvage something. On my third attempt, I built a business, but it was barely successful. On my forth attempt, I built a business that was good and I later sold, knowing I could do better. On my fifth attempt, I founded Paypal."
Each step, no matter a success or a failure, got him closer to his goal. You can do the same.