The New Year is always a time for reflection, hope, and goals for the year ahead. Do the majority of people stick to their goals? The sad answer is no, but there are steps that can be taken to help you achieve personal goals. SMART goals is an acronym that people use to successfully help their goal setting. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely is what makes up the SMART acronym. I have caught myself lately worrying and stressing about training sessions, races, etc., that are far out into the future. This negatively impacts my goal setting and more damage is done than good. It is important to take each day at a time and not to overthink things. Do not pick a goal that is so unrealistic that you won’t achieve it, but also push yourself to achieve what you know is possible.
I have to remind myself to trust my training plan and to stay present. I am not in Ironman shape right now, but my daily training sessions are making me stronger so that when race day comes I will be ready and prepared to cross the finish line. Any person that is setting a goal needs to remember to trust the process and to never give up. There was a Ted Talk that I heard a few years ago that is still very present in my mind. The speaker, Carol Dweck talked about “Not Yet”. At times people may feel that they have failed whether that is an exam, work assignment, a goal they set, etc. However, that does not mean that you have failed, it just means that they are not there yet, and that there is such extreme power in believing in yourself. Growth mindset is the idea that abilities can be developed and that is a mindset that cannot be defeated. With the right mindset and SMART goal setting everyone can achieve their full potential no matter the obstacle or challenges they face.
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