🥇 Three steps to goal setting that will help you achieve even more in 2021 🥇
When setting goals, it's important that they be specific, achievable, measurable, and timed. Setting a more vague goal like "I would like to improve my performance" is difficult to measure and you could end up disappointed. Try setting a goal like 'My half marathon is two hours and five minutes. I'd like to run it for mid-fall in less than two hours. ' This is measurable, specific, achievable, and is time-bound.
Step one: review your performance in 2020
To get started, here are some pointers. It is good to write your thoughts on paper; check them out when you look at your goals for 2021. Don't forget to talk to your fellow athletes to get a different perspective and other ideas.
What was my biggest achievement this year?
What am I most proud of in 2020?
What was my personal best time / distance?
What challenges did I encounter and overcome this year?
What mistakes did I make in 2020?
Can I use these challenges to improve my performance in 2021?
Step two: set your goals for 2021:
If you have trouble thinking about where to start when it comes to goals, write down your craziest goals (don't hold back!) And break them down into smaller goals that will get you there. For example, if you've never run a race before, but want to run a Marathon one day, your smallest goals might be to join a 5k first, complete a 10k, and then finish a half marathon. Think about what might be realistic for you to achieve this year: If you can run a half marathon this year, a full marathon could become your goal for 2022. What daily habits can you implement to help you achieve these more important goals? Make sure you write down your goals and be as specific as possible - goals that are written are more likely to be achieved! Post it somewhere you see every day so you can refer to it during periods of lower motivation.
Once you have an idea of your potential goals, take a look at these guidelines to help you refine them and make sure they are right for you.
Do I enjoy the process of reaching this goal?
If you don't enjoy the trip, the destination is not important. You are going to spend countless hours working to finish a marathon, but the achievement of crossing the finish line is momentary!
What is my biggest goal?
Think ahead and don't hold back: what is your ultimate goal?
What steps do I need to take to get there?
Break it down into smaller goals - what do you need to complete to get there?
Which of these can I complete this year?
Pick one or two of these smaller goals that you can complete in 2021. Be honest and realistic with yourself, don't take on too much, but try to challenge yourself as well. How will I measure my success?
Think of something tangible, like weekly / monthly km or minutes, so you can keep track of your progress.
What daily habits can I put into practice to get there?
Break your goals for 2021 into even smaller chunks and think about the daily or weekly steps you need to take to achieve them. For example, if you want to cycle 100 km on the day before the end of the year, do you need to set aside time each weekend to complete a longer trip? Do you need to experiment with nutrition on those walks to find a good nutrition strategy?
Is it realistic?
If you want to train every day, does that include bad weather? It's great to be optimistic and challenge yourself.
One of the easiest ways to set a goal is to sign up for a virtual race or challenge, as it is specific, measurable, and time-bound.
Lastly, don't forget to celebrate all your goals, big or small, when you reach them!
Step three: get the right nutrition to support your workout
No matter what your goal is, nutrition is an important part of training. The right nutrition strategy can help you on your journey towards your goals and help you reach them, so be sure to keep that in mind when you make your plan for 2021.
Let's make the most of this year. Good luck!