At some point in my life I have had a "wish" that I did not accomplish. If my mind decided to quit during a race I later regretted that I didn't push myself harder. Many times you never get a second chance to triumph once you've decided to quit. How do you always give 100% toward everything? Keep this in mind: "Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever". - Lance Armstrong
Entrepreneurs and top-level athletes use goal-setting techniques, so why does it seem so hard to set realistic goals, and most importantly, achieve them? After a great conversation with a friend of mine who has completed several IM's and is a meticulous goal setter (whiteboard and all), I decided to get out of my comfort zone and take the goal-setting "goal" seriously. And this time it is more than my race and fitness goals, I am also including personal and professional goals. Based on his subjective advice, this is what I need to implement:
1. Write them down!
a. Use a whiteboard or notebook - make sure I see them daily, and read them OUT LOUD
a. Which races are my "A" races, what are my specific objectives for these races?
b. Do personal or professional endeavors play a significant role in achieving my objectives?
a. Do I need one? (IMO, yes, even the pros need coaches).
b. Interview coaches to get their philosophy and whether it fits with my goals.
4. Make a plan
a. Long-term goals usually require several steps in order to accomplish them, write them down as small goals and cross them off as I achieve them.
5. Maintain physical, nutritional, and emotional health
a. Physical: Having a plan will ensure I stay physically healthy and don't over-train.
b. Nutritional: In addition to physical health, maintaining nutritional health is vital. Under or over-eating, improper recovery nutrition, and poor daily nutrition may cause physical and psychological obstacles that delay my victory.
c. Emotional: i.e. a positive attitude. Even with set-backs, keep thinking positive and move forward, which is the only way to reach my goal!
Stick with it!
Review my goals regularly; make sure they are consistent with my values, and the relevance and necessity remain high.
Goal setting is an ongoing activity, year after year. The ultimate outcome may remain the same over the long-term, however the action plan I have designed can change considerably.
Deliberate goal setting is something I have rarely done. Would I have achieved some of the small, less important goals had I written them down and followed a plan, I will never know. Even though I may encounter detours, I know the direction in which I want to ride!
We all have what we need to accomplish all victories in life. Join me and make 2011 the year of implementation!