QT: How to Be Successful in 2017 with Your Running (and Other) Goals

We all have our own personal running goals, right?

Whether you’ve recently set some goals for the new year or you have some longer term goals that you’re working toward, it’s a good thing (in my opinion at least) to have goals.

What is your track record like when it comes to achieving your goals?

Must. Do. Better.

Must. Do. Better.

If you’re like me and you miss more goals than you hit, hopefully these suggestions will help you.

Tips for Improving Your Odds of Success in 2017

Having some goals in mind for your running (or anything else in life) is great. In fact, simply having goals is more than most people do.

If you want to be successful this year, thinking about your goals not enough.

In order to dramatically increase your chances of being successful with your running goals in 2017, I’d challenge you do do the following 3 things:

Write Your Goals Down

There’s something about putting your goals on paper that just makes them seem real.

And that makes you feel as though you are truly committed to doing them.

Whatever your running goals are for this year, if you’re serious about being successful you need to write them down.

Share Your Goals With Others

Writing you goals down is good. Sharing your goals publicly is even better.

Tell your spouse what your goals for the year are. Tell your running friends.

Shoot, leave a comment and tell me!

Putting your goals out there to the world, or at least a few people, gives you an external sense of pressure to achieve your goals.

And if you hate letting others down, that can be incredibly powerful.

Be Accountable With Someone/A Group (Weekly)

This quote Joe Pesci in Home Alone, this tip is the silver tuna.

If you really want to be successful with your running goals in 2017, you need to not only write your goals down and share them with a friend, but you need to be checking in and sharing updates as you go.

When you are sharing your progress (or lack thereof) with others, it’s easy to see if you’re staying on track or if you’re dropping the ball. And if you are dropping the ball, the earlier you recognize that the easier it is to pick it up and get back on track.

Take Consistent Action

While the previous steps are important, they pale in comparison of simply taking action.

If you want to achieve something today/this week/this month/this year/this decade, you have to do something.

You have to do something day after day after day after day.

Consistency is the most important factor in achieving your running goals, in my opinion. Sure there are lots of other factors, but if you show up and run on a regular basis you’ll keep making progress toward your goals.

And for the record, 99.999% of the time, imperfect action beats no action.

So if your coach says you need to do a 5 mile tempo run tomorrow, but for whatever reason you only have time for 3 easy miles, do 3 easy miles!

Don’t skip the workout completely because you couldn’t complete it to the letter!

Take imperfect action.

Do Something

Unless, of course your goals aren’t important to you…

My 2017 Running Related Goals

In an attempt to practice what I’m preaching, I have written down my goals and am sharing them with you here.

And I’m up for an accountability partner or two if you’re interested…

My goals for this year are pretty straight forward:

  • Run my first ultra
  • New 26.2 PR
  • 1-2 hrs (average) of cross-training per week
  • Speak at 3-5 races
  • 25+ PRs for my coaching clients

What About You?

I’ve shown you mine, time to show me yours!

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Leave a Comment Below with Your 2017 Goals, If You Really Want to Be Successful That Is…

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