One very important part of setting goals is making them known to those important people around you.
There are a number of ways we can do this and there are a number of benefits. You may also think that are a number of risks. I know that there are risks to announcing my goals. One risk is if the goal is not achieved then what will it do to my reputation? What will it do to my self-esteem?
I see more benefit than risk. If I am already willing to do the work necessary, then why wouldn’t I want to make a committment to a goal. By announcing to the people who are in my network of support what my realistic goals are then they can be supportive in the best way possible.
I am a leader. I know that about myself. I am willing to share with you my realistic goals for the upcoming skating season. My goals are to qualify for the upcoming US Olympic Long Track Speed Skating Trials for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The trials are to be held in the fall of 2013. This coming season staring now (September 2012) and lasting through March 2013 is when I can achieve the times necessary for each distance. According to the current rules, the 500 meter race requires at time of 39.00 seconds or better. The 1000 meter race requires a time of 1:16.08 and the 1500 meter race requires a time of 1:57.96 or better.
So I have the goals clearly in front of me. I intend to start racing this coming weekend (9/29/2012). I will skate some local time trial races in Milwaukee as well as some Masters competitions in Milwaukee and Salt Lake to try to achieve these times.
By sharing with you my goals I have a better chance of achieving what I set out to do. Yes, it takes commitment and responsibility. I have done this all my life in many other areas and it has always paid off for me. Even when my goals were unrealistic and I failed, I learned something and was able to move on to the next challenge with my new-found insight. I am able to put that knowledge and wisdom into my next venture and be more successful. It is not so much how other people view me but how I view myself. I am doing this work to get where I want to go. I am willing to take the risk of announcing my goals to you and the world so I can better achieve them. Please follow me on this path and share your goals with the world.
There are a number of steps that I take to set up my goals. First, I must know what drives me. This is a process that I will probably be going through for my entire life. I feel driven to do things. That is a start. I then look at what I am passionate about. Then I look at what my priorities are and how I can fulfill them. Once I know what drives me then I can use what works and know and avoid what doesn’t work. I can use fear to get me to the gym, but only through joy and passion for what I am doing will it keep me coming back to completion of a goal or a positive change for a lifetime.
I have a passion for skating, and skating well. It requires a great deal of work to do it well. I am willing to put in the work to do it well. I have a passion for flying and doing it well. It shows there too. So it is important to me, to keep focused on my passion and my joy and see where it takes me. In this light and in the framework of my priorities I can set short, medium and long-term goals.
“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula Le Guin
The importance of goal setting cannot be underestimated. Impossible dreams are accomplished when I focus on goals I can control. I probably have a great deal of unspoken goals and motivations just under the surface. It is important to get those goals out in the open. There is some risk with that. If I tell someone about my goals, even admitting it to myself, then I am responsible and accountable for them. This can be daunting for some people. I do not have a problem with that usually. Sometimes though it is seems like the goal is a stretch for me and the risk is outside of my comfort zone, then I may not want to be exposed. That can be a scary place. I do realize that if I start towards my goal and it seems to be unrealistic then I need to change my goal. It is ok to change your goals and directions. Sometimes life demands it. It has been my experience that when I needed a change that I resisted, then there was a lesson for me. I needed to change, life threw me a curve and I had to adapt or suffer the consequences. Sometimes outside forces that I have no control of, come into play that force me to change my goals.
What is the difference? I must not be concerned with what others may be perceiving about my goals. If I had no target or direction then I will surely hit something. I will probably hit exactly what I do not want to hit. If I have a goal, a direction or a target then I can make adjustments as I go. I will enjoy the forward motion of my journey as well the direction I am going and I will probably hit my goal because I have given myself a focus in the right direction. Even if I determine that the original goal was not where I wanted to go, then I at least have made progress in determining my eventual outcome and am farther down the road toward whatever it is. It is also important to look at the expectations of my goals and to realize they are my goals and no ones elses. They are my creation and not a burden. If they become a burden then I must look deeper to the motivation behind the goals. If they really belong to someone else, then they are a burden. Any goal that is a burden will ultimately wear me out over the long-term. I need to focus on things that leave me feeling recharged rather than drained.
Welcome to the new Blog “Faster As A Master”
This is the start of a new and hopefully beautiful relationship between all of us “Master Athletes”
I hope to share my experience and inspirational story with all of you so that we may all benefit from each other to live extra-ordinary lives in sport, health, and happiness…
I am a Long Track Ice Speed Skater. I cross train using many other sports. Many of my principles are universal and can be applied to other sports.
I intend to share my passion and enthusiasm of being a competitive master athlete.
Please join me on the inward and outward journey of being a motivated master athlete.