"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." -- John Dewey
I've done 21 marathons and I'm on the road to do 29 more when I turn 50 years old. That's my 50 by 50 goal. A friend of mine teased me and asked why not just do one marathon a month. I replied, "That will be my goal after 50."
It's a lifestyle now. I do it for my health and to keep me motivated. The number of marathons is just a goal but arriving at it is just as motivating and exciting for me. Hence, for every race I do, my last step on the finish line is also the first step of my training for the next.
Lately I also set a spiritual goal for myself. However, my spiritual goal is written differently than a running goal which is quantifiable. It is phrased in form of a prayer. It is a prayer that I think will help me become more aware of God's presence and His work in everything in my life. "Lord, increase my faith and protect me from all anxieties. I offer all my works, joys, and sufferings for the day. Amen." This goal is my direction, my desire, my prayer. I may never arrive at its full completion, but I will strive to attain it everyday.
When you think about your running or exercise goals, think about your heart's desire as well. Take a moment to pray over it and ask God to lead you towards your spiritual goal.