2021 has been an unexpected year for many reasons, both good and bad. It has seen the continual rise of covid but also seen the return of many sporting events. The year has flown by, but at the end of the year I like to set my goals for the year ahead. I set multiple types of goals and here is what goals I set and why.
This is always my main goal above everything else achievement wise: to stay healthy. This is because without being healthy and injury-free, none of my achievements would be achievable. This continually reminds me that no matter what goals I want to chase after, I will not compromise my health. This is because I believe in order to be the best, strongest athlete I can be, I need to be the healthiest athlete possible.
Time/achievement based goals.
Just as remaining healthy is important, so is setting time/achievement based goals. This is due tot their measurability. They allow you to measure your progress over the year, so you can see the steps you are taking. This helps give you direction and also keeps you motivated throughout the year, especially at moments when things get tough. If you have days when sessions don’t quite go to plan or you feel your motivation dwindle, goals can remind you what it is you are working towards. They remind you, even on the toughest days, not to give up. Sometimes, it is the hardest days that actually make you a stronger and in turn faster athlete, so keep those goals in mind at all times.
On the flip side, once the year is up, such goals give you a boost, whether it be of accomplishment or motivation. If you have achieved what you set out to, you feel a positive surge of belief that reminds you to continue what you are doing and believe in your own ability. Alternatively, if you have not achieved such goals, it boosts you into the new year to chase after these goals even more.
So, now we have arrived at the end of the year, to help give you direction, whether it be in or out of sport, it may be useful to your motivation and progression to set yourself some goals.
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