As one season comes to a close it can be very beneficial to set your goals for the next season. Goal setting can really help keep you motivated and focused, especially in the tough winter months. It’s important that we know why we are sitting in a basement on a trainer, or making friends with a treadmill. Setting next season's goals will embed that motivation in the back of your mind as you enter those challenging training months.
It’s sometimes easy to get overly excited after a season and go a little crazy setting goals, but they also need to be realistic. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to disappointment, discouragement, and undermine the motivational reason behind setting goals. Goals should be challenging, but not out of reach. Continually setting goals too high, and setting yourself up for failure can take a toll mentally.
So how do we stay realistic when setting our goals? What things should we consider?
These are the big things I encourage athletes to consider in setting goals for the new season. I’m sure there are many more, so please feel free to comment with your suggestions below. Remember to keep those goals realistic! Setting yourself up for failure can be devastating, and that’s the last thing you want to do when it comes to keeping you motivated for a healthy lifestyle.
Coach Brian VanderMeulen, Head Coach, Tridogz Endurance Training; USA Cycling Certified Coach; www.tridogz.com