It’s that time of year when we reflect on our achievements and look ahead to a new year and new goals. It’s easy to get caught up in the things we didn’t do but instead, we should celebrate the things we did do as that will make it easier to set future goals. Goals which will become more significant and meaningful to us than the standard resolutions we create then break a few days later.
The difference between achieving these goals and not is down to the choices we make. It’s worth noting that we can choose anything at anytime and you don’t always have to do what everyone else is doing or what you did this time last year when you were in the same position. After all, if we do the same things continuously we can’t expect to get different results.
When setting goals, its important to be specific so we know exactly what we are setting out to do and the outcome that we want. The questions I ask my PT clients when they tell me their goals are why is this important to you? What difference will it make to your life by achieving it? What would happen if you didn’t achieve it? When do you want to see these results and how will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? To make goals more achievable, going into that amount of detail is crucial as the answers will give us an emotional attachment and also setting ourselves a deadline will give us that push to go and do something about it rather than just talk about it.
Once we’ve got all the information about our goals, we need to decide what changes we need to make and how we fit this into our daily lives. If your goal is to run a marathon, how often do you need to train and how will you fit your training into your daily routine. Planning is essential to make it all happen.
My goals, as listed on my Paris to Loch Ness Challenge page, are not only to run 3 marathons etc but I want to run Paris in under 3hrs 15mins to claim a good for age place in the 2015 London Marathon, get a PB in the Edinburgh Half Marathon so I can get back in time for the start of the full marathon and run 1000 miles between April and September rather than ‘just’ 850. I know I can do all of that, I just need to work hard in every training session to make sure I’m ready to achieve all of the above easily.
What the mind believes, the body will achieve