Setting yourself a goal and achieving it can often seem to be worlds apart. The task can seem to be daunting and you may have no idea where to start. But the main thing is you have your end goal set in your mind, the next step is to plan how to get there.
Once you have your end goal sorted the first step is to break that down into smaller chunks. Our goals are often ‘big picture’ things, so by having smaller more manageable goals we can have some checkpoints along the way to make sure we are heading along the right path. This will also serve to provide you with extra motivation as you check these goals off along the way.
You will also need to put a time frame on how long you want to take to get there even for your smaller goals, having an open ended goal is likely to result in procrastination, and failure to achieve what you set out to.
For example; if your goal was to run a marathon, that is a huge accomplishment and it can take years of preparation to get there. So having targeted goals to push you along can help get you there a little quicker. Your time line to achieving your goals may look some thing like this.
1 Month – 5km
3 Month – 10km
6 Months – 21.1km (Half Marathon)
9 Months – 30km
12 Months – 42.2km (Marathon)
While there will be a hell of a lot of training required to get you to each one, you now have specific targets and dates to achieve along the way. This will help to keep you motivated and on track to success.