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Reach *all* your goals with this tip from a marathon champ (and Super Bowl ad star)


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Remember when Shalane Flanagan recently reached true fitness hero status after becoming the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years? Yeah, it’s hard to forget. Even though getting on her level isn’t easy, the marathon champ is sharing some of her secrets to success.

Flanagan—who just added “Super Bowl ad star” to her already-impressive résumé after appearing alongside Chris Pratt in a Michelob ULTRA Super Bowl commercial last night, NBD—recently opened up about how to reach those big and bold goals you have in life. And, according to the boss babe, it all starts with your support system.

“I feel like over the course of my career, I’ve been surrounding myself with incredible coaches, sponsors, and other women I get to train with. It elevates my ability to dig deep and work hard because I know so many people have invested in my goals and the outcomes of them.” —Shalane Flanagan

“Make sure you have a good group of people around you who are supportive of your goal and hold you accountable,” Flanagan told Women’s Health. “I feel like over the course of my career, I’ve been surrounding myself with incredible coaches, sponsors, and other women I get to train with. It elevates my ability to dig deep and work hard because I know so many people have invested in my goals and the outcomes of them. I think the biggest thing is just finding that team of people.”

If you don’t have a great support system now, that’s okay: Work toward it just as you do with your other goals. Spend time at an all-women coworking space, join a running club, go to networking events with other #girlbosses, and talk to that lady at the coffee shop who’s writing away in the same bullet journal as you.

Finding a solid tribe will propel you to success—and make the journey to that fruitful destination a whole lot more fun.

Here are four tips for crushing your goals from a rockstar wellness entrepreneur. Or, try out Anna Kaiser’s advice on making your fitness goals a reality.

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