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!

Setting the right goals for yourself doesn't happen by accident. #runchat Share on X
What are Your Goals for 2019?

Want to Support the Continued Growth & Production of the Show?

Check out the support page for ideas and suggestions of ways you can help me grow the show. And remember, not all support involves money. Some of the best ways you can show your support are 100% free.

Subscribe to the Show

Never miss another episode of the Diz Runs With podcast by subscribing to the show, and for my fellow Apple fans out there, it’s never been easier now that the podcast app is native on the new operating system. iPhone/iPod/iPad users click here. Android users click here. SoundCloud users click here.

Please Give Me Some Feedback!

Take the 6 question listener survey to help me shape the future of this podcast.

Register for a Free Race Training Plan

Every month, I’m giving away a FREE training plan for the race of your choice. For details/information, and to sign up, just click here.

Join The Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe! Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like-minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else. If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!


Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. This simply means that if you decide to make a purchase using one of the links, I get paid a small commission at no extra expense to you.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *