Goal Setting

2 Sep 2014

Tips for Setting Cycling Goals

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
Fitzhugh Dodson

It’s easy to amble through the year doing a few rides now and then when the weather is good and when you feel like it. But before you know it one year rolls into another and you haven’t really achieved anything. It's time to set a goal where success isn't guaranteed, where the forces of failure are going to put up a fight, and have a legitimate shot of winning--in other words, something that scares you a little bit.

By far the biggest achievers in life are goal setters. They think about what they want, and then move forward to make those goals reality.  Here’s six tips to help you achieve great things:  
1.       Take time to think about what might really motivate, excite you and what you feel passionate about when it comes to cycling. Then set a goal that aligns with this passion. You must set a goal that is yours, not anyone else’s, and you must really want to achieve it for it to be compelling enough for you to make sacrifices to achieve it.   
2.       Write down the goal. There’s something about writing down a goal that creates a powerful connection and commits you to it in a way that is otherwise not possible. Write down something like “My goal this year is to [whatever you want to achieve] on [ date].”   
3.       List the tasks you need to do to achieve the goal. Breaking a big goal down into manageable chunks makes it much less daunting and more achievable.  Then keep the list where you can review it regularly so you remind yourself what your target is.   Subconsciously your brain will help you move towards the goal if you keep reminding it what the goal is. 
4.       Make the goal a tangible one with a specific date. Which one of these do you think has more power? 
          a.      “Ride the Round the Lake in a Day in 5 hours 50 minutes by 30 November2014" 
          b.      “Finish a 100km bike ride” A specific achievement with a specific date creates focus for your brain and drives you to work towards attaining it.    
5.       Tell other people (friends, family, work colleagues) what your cycling goals are for the year. It will reaffirm your commitment and it will also make sure you achieve them. It’s a lot harder to back out of your goals when other people know about them. They’ll ask you how your training is going and that, in itself, will keep you motivated. You’ll also get to glow in their praise when you finally achieve the goal!   
6.       Be realistic in the goal you set. But don't forget to scare yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

From Bobs Bikes