newyear.jpg (638068 bytes)Goals for the New Year

Last year before one of my triathlons Liz gave me some prerace instructions:

Swim:  500m; would like you to ease into the first 100m then start to descend your pace.  I would like you to have one of the stronger swim splits in your AG because your swim is indeed very strong.  Your goal is to negative split the swim getting faster each 100. Only you will know if you do that so when you report back to me - consider if you achieved this goal. 

I have to say that Liz was an awesome coach because she helped me to focus on what I could control. No matter what kind of day I was having, I could descend my effort and all I had to do was execute or produce this outcome. Fast forward to right now when I am pondering next year’s goals. I have to admit qualifying for the Boston marathon keeps popping up in my mind but that is a goal I cannot be sure that I will make. Yes, I’m going to keep chipping away in that direction but I want a win. Which started me thinking what goals can I set and win? What challenges can I make for myself that I can reach-with some effort and then feel good about it? What would inspire me to work and push to reach it?

Many people during the holiday food fest said things like, I’m starting my diet the first of the year. That is such a big and vague not to mention depressing goal. But what if you exchanged this with something like every day I am going to enjoy 4 glasses of water, or perhaps something like during the month of January I am going to eat fruit instead of French fries whenever I eat out? How about setting manageable goals that you can achieve leading you in the direction you want to go?

“Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.” – William J. H. Boetcker