Enjoy this guest blog from Garmin Ambassador Josh Heger who shares his ideas on setting goals.
Standing at the start line of a race can create feelings of anxiety, nervousness and excitement. Similarly having dreams, which far exceed what we currently know as possible, can create similar emotions. Both can be remedied by not focusing on the entire picture as very often that can become overwhelming, but focusing on the next steps. Whether you are looking to complete your first 5k or looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon breaking down the dream into smaller goals makes the impossible much easier to stomach.
Before every season I take some time to sit down and think about what smaller achievements I want to reach in pursuit of my primary goal. The output from an activity like this is a series of qualitative and quantitative goals, which I will work towards throughout the year. For the quantitative (those which can be measured) I like to set safety, ideal and stretch goals (bring back memories of applying to college?). For the qualitative (those which cannot be measured) I try to be much more general in what I am trying to achieve.
My dream in 2015 was to qualify for the Ironman World Championships at Ironman Louisville. At the time I came up with this pipe dream, I was miles away from being able to compete at the level necessary to even be put in my contention. By focusing on the smaller goals I was able to limit the feelings of inadequacy / anxiety created by focusing on the dream. Throughout the year I would glance at my little goal sheet reminding me that great things are accomplished through small steps. I would see more and more of my smaller goals turn green as they had been met.
End of the day those smaller goals ended up making a dream a reality. Some goals weren’t met and may never be, but as long as we can take the stance of Lew Hollander - "I look at my reflection and I ask myself, 'Lew, did you do the best that you could today?" we can say we Beat Yesterday.