I hope that 2014 was a great year for you, and that you achieved all of your running and/or triathlon goals. I hope it was a fun year for you as well! If things didn’t work for you in 2014, and training became more of an obligation, or chore, than a form of recreation, then it may be time to refocus your goals for 2015.
Recently I read an article from a sports psychologist who was working with a triathlete who was unhappy with his triathlon results for the 2014 season. (http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/articles/redefining-success-for-triathletes-120914.aspx) I encourage you to read it.
I also encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to reflect on how your running went for 2014. Did you feel you accomplished your goals and enjoyed running? Or, did you feel you underperformed? Was training more of a chore, or obligation, than a form of recreation? Did you feel a sense of dissatisfaction, or even despair, as far as your training and running performance? If this is the case, you may benefit from considering how you define success and what goals are really important to you. It also may be as simple as having a better support system and/or others to run with. This may be what you need to bring joy back into your running!
How do you define success in running/triathlon? What will make 2015 a successful year for you in running/triathlon? What will make you truly happy and give you joy if you accomplish it in 2015?
For your 2015 goals, I recommend that you take a few moments while relaxed and by yourself to write down the goals that are really important to you (maybe you write them down after an enjoyable run ☺). Not what’s important to your mom or dad or brother or sister, or even your spouse and/or best friend. What’s really important to you? I hope one of your goals is to have fun! Maybe one of your goals is to complete your first 5k or half- or full-marathon. Maybe it’s setting a new personal record and/or qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Maybe it’s completing your first half or full Ironman or qualifying for Kona. Maybe it’s improving your health and fitness so that you can be a better partner, parent, friend, and/or contributor to your community or society. Whatever it is make it your goal(s).
Now that you’ve written down your goals, keep them somewhere so that you can see them every day. For me it’s the refrigerator door. Maybe for you it’s on the bathroom mirror, or visor of your car. Whatever works best for you so that you can see your goals everyday.
Your next step is to identify the potential barriers or obstacles that might prevent you from achieving your awesome goals for 2015. I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to identify these. Now, next to each barrier or obstacle, write a sentence or two on how you will overcome this barrier or obstacle.
I would love to hear what your goals for 2015 are, and what barriers/obstacles you might encounter along the way to achieving these goals.
As the late Steve Jobs said:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart, and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
May 2015 be your best year ever!
My Goals for Running/Triathlon for 2015 Are (I would limit the number of goals to no more than three):
The Obstacles that Could Prevent Me From Achieving My Goals Are:
For Each Obstacle I Will Do the Following So That I Achieve My Goals for 2015: