Goal setting part II
There lies a problem facing goal setting- It’s the classic opinion so rife when working with successful or high performing athletes (and applies beyond the realms of sport):
“But if I just get my head down and train hard, I’ll keep getting better. I’ve never had a real goal, or really tried to stick to any plan, and it’s not done me any harm. I don’t know where to start, it just feels weird and uncomfortable to try to get my head around it and seems like too much effort”.
Now, you may be feeling a little guilty right now, as you’ve probably agreed with at least an element of that quote at some point in time – don’t, we’ve all been there!
The thing is, I’ll be honest, you will probably do just great with no plan and no real goals. You’ll do great with Goals that are way beyond what’s achievable, goals that aren’t specific enough and without sharing them or making yourself accountable to anyone.
Does this make it the best option then? To do nothing, and see what happens?
Doing great used to be ok – nowadays this just isn’t good enough to make it to the top. You need to be outstanding.
My personal approach is that everything I am looking to do has to have a foot or at least a toe dipped in science, it has to deserve its place in the mix and I must have used it to success, know coaches/athletes that have used it with success, or its success be irrefutable fact.
This is why when working with sprinters, it makes sense to me to take a short to long approach, spending the off-season working on Max Strength, postural control and acceleration, moving into power and max v running for the start of the season, building to peak early for the indoor season, then building again for the summer.
Many coaches will do different things – some will have a rational and evidence for their principles, however many will take a different approach and want to do lots of running early, getting through lots of volume to build a base, without any proof of effectiveness to back it up.
I digress, however this just reiterates my point – The coaches that either don’t plan sessions at all and/or do what I’d deem as training the wrong things at the wrong time, always respond with the following answer:
“It never did me or the others any harm – this is what I was taught and we always did it that way”.
Just because you’ve never really identified what you want, set goals, shared them and monitored them and you’ve still had success doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t have brought even greater success.
Making a nice cake by throwing random stuff into a bowl is possible, you may get lucky, however its lunacy to assume that we couldn’t have made an even better cake my having a list of ingredients, measurements and instructions. The problem with relying on luck is that it’s not a readily repeatable and it tends to desert you when you most need it under pressure!
What Do I Want?
This is step one that I want to really help you out with today – it is the foundation to build everything else upon. Get this bit wrong, or rush it and the house you build upon it will come tumbling down. No pressure!
How often do we really work out where we would love to be in a years time, in 5 years time, even 10 years. You need to put yourself there, in the future and try to experience it, just as you want it. when you think of your goals and vision, it should feel you with positive excitement and a warm feeling of the thought of being there in the future!
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