Suzan Fulop

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Goal Setting

Sometimes I catch myself on autopilot. Going through the motions of training without really thinking why I’m doing what I’m doing. Ideally, before I start, I should think what is the purpose of this training session? And am I doing that? Am I doing what I need to do to reach my goal?

Most of us want to become faster, stronger and genuinely just better at our sport. And whilst for a time, training with no direction can work somewhat. There comes a point where having a goal and a plan to achieve it works way better!

Think of a plan like a series of stepping stones guiding your way towards your goal. It’s a process. But little by little I’m ticking off boxes and I start to inch closer.

Sports psychologists recommend dividing your goal into three parts. By breaking your goal down, it becomes easier to map out the steps needed to make it happen.

  • Outcome goals – this is your big picture, ultimate goal!
  • Short term goals – these are the stepping stones to the big goal, and most of the time they need to happen to achieve it.
  • Action goals – these are what make the short-term goals happen. The everyday actions you do in training and outside of training that build you towards those short-term goals.

It’s easy to have a goal, it’s a lot harder to break it down. Especially when it comes to figuring out your action goals, those little processes that are ultimately going to make the biggest difference. Sitting down and talking through your goals with your coach will seriously help map out all the processes/actions that need to happen in training. Plus, it’s super important to remain on the same page.

Goals are there to be chased, so chase, catch them and make it happen! Remember though, not being able to achieve your goal in a specific timeframe isn’t failure. Rather think of it as an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong as well as what went well and you will probably have a greater insight on what to focus on moving forward.