On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. At 3 pm, before a crowd including public officials, army and navy officers in full uniform, nine hundred students, and an audience of two thousand ticket holders, Roosevelt delivered a speech that would become known as the “The Man in the Arena.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
For all of us, it is easy not to do hard things. It is secure to avoid lofty goals or audacious dreams. What is difficult is deciding to chase new goals and become a better version of yourself. Maybe you do not achieve your aim and will, undoubtedly, deal with critics who know you will fail. But it is not the critic that matters.
Best wishes to you on chasing YOUR running goals.