How Much Are You Willing to Give to Reach Your Goals?

Saturday, October 15, 2011 by Coach Kevin

For nearly all of us, the 2011 triathlon season is either finished or will soon come to an end. My season ended with the Toyota Open. I am relieved that the training is over, but also saddened a bit seeing another season pass. But now it’s time to let my body recover while I make plans and goals for next year. As I was starting to think about my goals for next year, it occurred to me that I may not be going about setting my goals correctly.

As you know, I’m a big believer in goals. In fact, many of you probably are sick of hearing me talk about what I want to do during the season. But talking about my goals to anyone and everyone willing (and not so willing) to listen is my way of holding myself publicly accountable. I feel that this public announcement is a very important step toward reaching my goals.

This year, however, before I answer the question of, “What is my goal?” I think I need to answer a different question: “How much am I willing to give to the sport?”

Meeting goals should be difficult. This means that you are going to have to give something up in order to achieve those goals. The more difficult the goal, the more you’ll have to sacrifice. There is no shame if your answer to this question is that you only have a certain amount of yourself that you can give to make a goal. If fact, I would say that coming up with a realistic estimate of what you can give is a real positive, as it allows you to make a goal that you can actually reach.

All of our goals are important. They give us something to shoot for, to measure ourselves against, and hold ourselves accountable. Asking yourself the right questions when you make your goals is an important step in actually creating attainable goals that will enhance your athletic performance. It was my goals that pulled me through this year after some disappointing performances. So spend the time to answer what you can give and then what you will do. And then tell everyone your plans for glory!

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