Watching the Olympics has made me stop and think about one of the most important parts of a training plan: Goal Setting. While I’m not going to claim to be a goal setting guru, I would like to share a few things that work for me.
Set a goal. What do you want? What you are willing to do to succeed. Identify if your goal is a long term or short term goal. If it is a long term goal, can you identify the steps it will take to get there? If it is a short term goal, is it challenging enough to hold your attention? Does it also have steps you can identify to help you get there?
Create a plan of action. Personally, it helps me to write things down. I like to map things out in advance so that I can match what I’m doing with the steps I laid out. This helps me stay on track because if there is a mismatch, I’m able to catch it early. I’m able to get back on track or reevaluate if necessary.
Surround yourself with positive energy. I find that I like to be around people who are generally positive and respectful of my goals. Many people are lucky to have a supportive family (and I wish everyone was so lucky). While you can’t choose your family you can control many of the other people you choose to let into your life.
Be tenacious. Hold yourself accountable. Don’t waste time playing the blame game. Evaluate yourself honestly. Small steps are still steps. Be realistic without being afraid to dream big. Practice visualizing positive outcomes. Understand the difference between long term and short term goals. Set both. Decide what goals are better shared and what you want to keep private. If you fall down, get back up. Wipe off the dust and try again. If it isn’t working, reevaluate. Goals can be changed or adjusted without being a poor reflection on you. Believe in yourself, even when no one else does. It is your dream, and you’re the only one who can do it!
Some Final Thoughts:
- Goals take time.
- Failure is part of the process.
- Tenacity is just as (if not more) important than talent.
- Learn from the process.