QT: Setting the Right Goals Doesn’t Happen by Chance


Now that you’ve taken the time to look back, it’s time to look forward!

(Wait, you didn’t take the time to look back yet? Please check out this post before setting new goals for yourself!)

Setting new goals isn’t something that should be done willy-nilly.

If you’re serious about being successful, both in the short and long term, it’s important that you’re setting the right goals for yourself.

Zoom Out to See the Big Picture

Before you set your goals for the new year or your next training cycle, zoom out and look at your bigger running goal goal or goals.

If you are working on a big goal that isn’t going to be achieved in the near future, like my 50 States Quest, it’s important to make sure that the short-term goals that you’re setting align with your long-term goals.

In order to be successful with those big goals, you have to keep chipping away at them on a regular basis.

Think Strategically, Set the Right Goals

When it comes to setting the right goals, especially goals in the short-term, too many of us fail to think strategically.

Instead of picking your goals for 2019 on a whim, be intentional.

What goals can you set for this year that will simultaneously take you closer to your big goals?

If you can prioritize races/training philosophies that will move you closer to your bigger goals in 2019, you’re on the right track!

What About the Other Races?

Just because you are choosing your goals strategically doesn’t mean you can’t still run all the races!

If you hear about a race that sounds fun, sign up and run it! When a friend suggests that you run a race together, do it! A local 5k for a good cause? Absolutely! And if you’re going to do a 5k, you might as well try to crush it right?

If a race sounds fun, by all means run it! If you want to run with a friend, go for it! And as much as I dislike the 5k, there’s nothing wrong with supporting a cause near and dear to your heart.

But what you don’t want to do, and what happens far too often, is that when a race is added it becomes a new priority.

And that is a problem.

If you have too many goal races on your calendar, then by definition, you don’t have any goal races on your calendar.

You can get away with adding a few races to your calendar on a whim, as long as they aren’t taking away from the goals you have previously set.

Remember, Your Goals Aren’t Set in Stone

When it comes to your goals, never lose sight of the fact that they are YOUR goals!

If the goals you have in place no longer excite you, then move on!

Set a new target and get cracking!


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