- Goal setting - as everyone knows, goals should be smart and athletes have very SMART goals; Specific (to win gold in their specific event), Measurable (they will either win gold or they won't), Achievable (they will already have won other competitions to make Team GB), Realistic (they have a place on the team and will be competing), Time specific (the date of the competition sets the timescale in which they have to train and compete). Write down your goal or goals and ensure they are SMART.
- Belief - they know they can do it, in fact in their mind they have already visualised winning gold over and over. How often do you visualise yourself having reached your goal. Find somewhere quite each day to spend a few moments (or longer if you can) visualising yourself once you have reached your goal.
- Action - So you have set your SMART goal and visualised yourself achieving your goal over and over again. But what happens next? To achieve your goals you now need to take action. For an athlete this means training for several hours everyday, regardless of the weather or how they are feeling. What action do you need to take to make the first steps towards your goal? Remember the steps can be tiny to begin with, you just need to start taking action and build momentum. Building momentum is very important to maintaining your motivation to achieve your goal. Even if you only take a small action toward your goal each day, as long as the timescales you have set allow for this, you are more likely to achieve your goal in the long term.
- Focus - When athletes start their training, their focus is 100% on their training and improving their performance. It's Christmas day, so what? If they need to run 10 miles that day to maintain their physical condition then they will go for that run. They realise their body and its condition is paramount to them achieving their goal, so they treat it like the finely tuned machine it is and only fill it with the fuel that will sustain them the longest and provide their muscles with the precise nutrition they need. What do you need to do to keep focussed on your goal and maximise your chance of success? You want to save for that trip of a lifetime, so can you really afford to go our with your friends every weekend?
- Create the environment - It's difficult though isn't it? Your friends don't really understand why you can't come out every week, and people keep offering you biscuits and cakes in the office when they know you are training for a race or trying to lose weight (Saboteurs). You need to create the environment. Athletes surround themselves with likeminded people; their coach and fellow athletes all share and support their goal and their families understanding their training schedule and specific dietary requirements. How can you spend more time with people who support your goal and help you maintain focus?
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Well, I must share with you how proud I am that I went out for a jog by myself and ran a mile without stopping. This is long held goal for me and one that I have tried to accomplish for a number of years. However, my embarrassment of people seeing me jog, my willingness to give up too easily and my self limiting belief that I would never achieve this goal meant that each time I have tried previously I have failed.
So what has changed? Simply it is a new found belief and confidence in myself gained from having joined a ladies running club. The other women spur you on so that you keep going and the fact that I don't want to be the one who stops, falls behind or is trailing behind the group is a much needed incentive to keep running. I can't recommend highly enough the benefit of tackling a goal like this in a group. It is the same as weight loss. Many people find it extremely difficult to lose weight themselves, but by joining a weight loss group, they find the weekly public weighing sessions an incentive to keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
So now I know I can run (slow shuffle) a mile by myself I will be pushing myself to run 1.5 miles next. I have done this in a group and will most likely be running 2 miles at the club this week, so I know I can do it!
Well it feels like an age since I last updated this blog, but don't worry I haven't disappeared I've just been very busy carrying on with my diploma and achieving many of my long term goals. After all how can I help you achieve your goals if I can't help myself? Much to my family's disbelief I have actually joined a ladies running club as a way of working towards my ultimate goal of running a marathon. But as every good goal setter knows you have do to these things via baby steps if you are to succeed. I can now run a mile pretty much without stopping and for someone who couldn't run to teh end of the street a few weeks ago I see this as a major personal achievement. To help motivate me along the way I have also set myself mini targets, such as the Race for Life in June, to help keep me focussed and to mark my achievements.
Its all a matter of mind over matter and having the support around you to drive you on. I am training with ladies who two years ago couldn't run at all and are now regularly completing 10k races and in some instances have completed their first marathon. That could be me in two years. Watch this space!
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