Today is day four of 5 simple tough mudder training tips that will ensure a successful completion of the Tough Mudder Race. These tips are simple because they are a necessary part of our every day lives. So check back each day for a simple tough mudder training tip. In yesterday’s post I shared a post entitled, Tough Mudder Training Tips: Eat Breakfast, if you missed it be sure to read it. Today it is all about setting goals.
Day 4: Set Goals
The reason we set goals is to help us get from where we are to where we want to be. Many people do not set goals because they are not willing to commit to making them become reality. Why? Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of change. Fear of commitment. Fear of hard work (a.k.a. lazy). Fear of the unknown. Don’t let fear rule your live. The only thing stopping you from reaching your goals is you.
Setting goals forces you to decide what you want your future life to look like. To set goals you have to decide what you want from “X”. Insert anything you want for X – job, family, kids, body, team, etc. This can be difficult. Here are some tips that will help you set your goals.
Goal Setting Tips
- Have a few goals. Productivity studies show that you can only focus on 5-7 items at one time. So keep you goals limited to less than seven.
- Keep them action oriented. Make it easy to act upon your goals by using verbs like, achieve, finalize, or complete.
- Make them measurable. You have to be able to measure progress towards your goal. You cannot manage what you cannot measure.
- Make them attainable. Don’t set your goals so high that they are unattainable. Under promise and over deliver is a good motto when setting goals.
- Have a time frame. That is, set a date when you want to achieve your goals. Put an end date to your goals. Remember, dreams are just goals without an end date.
- Prioritize your Goals. Give your most important goal the most time. Rinse and repeat.
Benefits to Goal Setting
- Goal setting is a great motivator to achieve what you want from life. Setting goals will help define meaning, purpose and passion in your life. It won’t create it, but it will help you discover and define it.
- Goals help us manage our time. There is purpose to what we are doing. It causes us to evaluate how we use our time and whether or not we are using it wisely. Setting goals will help you align your day to your values.
- Goals will cause you to grow. Every goal should take you out of your comfort zone. Even if it is attainable it should push you a little further than you’ve gone before.
Those are just a few reasons to set goals. If you are living life without goals I want to encourage you to set aside some time in the next month and set some goals for the upcoming quarter, summer or year. Start working toward them immediately.