Last time, I wrote about getting out the telescope for goals. My next step? Using the binoculars. Binoculars bring what's way up there or way out there a little closer. The focus is sharper. The light is brighter. I like this part of goal setting because it involves a little creativity. I do three things
SAY IT: As I've said before, I'm fixed on IM marathon personal best. I'm aiming for a 4hour:40minute finish. That's my main target. I want a personal best at IMNC. My A race would mean an 11:30 finish. I want to race an EPIC race - Ironman France is my destination. I want 500 subscribers to this blog by the end of 2016. I've said it. I mean it. I will tell my family, my friends and ya'll, too.
SEE IT: I create something that I can see every day. I want to be reminded DAILY that I am actively working on goals that mean something to me. That I am striving to improve and push myself to do things I've never done! For years, I've created a goal sheet. It usually includes a list of what I want, a picture of what that looks like and pictures of the rewards I want when I achieve my goals! I keep it in my calendar (as a bookmark or on the front cover) so that I see it every day.
Other ideas to see your goal: index cards on your dashboard, an intention board hung on the wall, post-it notes on your bathroom mirror or a goal poster on your fridge.
SING IT: Yep. That's right. I sing my goals. I create playlists for my car, for my spin classes and for my long runs that keep my goals in my head! I sing on the bike, I sing in the swim and I sing in the run. Whether in training or races, I sing. It ain't pretty and I'm sure my training buddies wish I had auto-tune feature on my Felt, but singing makes my goals fun. I chose I'll Go Crazy..... below to remind me that in France, it's not a hill, it's a mountain. I cannot doubt, I need to shout my way to the top of the Col de l'Ecre. I've been singing ROAR by Katy Perry because I am a champion and you're gonna hear me....... Plus, it takes me back to my first B2B and the love of the game. Which means I've also been singing I Don't Like it, I Love it because I gotta, gotta have it. Whoa-oh!
Next up, I get out the microscope.
It's not a hill, it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Do you believe me or are you doubting?
We're gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight
Oh, it's not a hill it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
You see, for me, I've been shouting
Let's shout into the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light
You know we're gonna go crazy, you know we'll go crazy
You know we'll go crazy, if we don't go crazy tonight