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Resolutions – think before you make them

24 December 2013 No Comment

OK what do you want from the year about to start? What could you make happen in 2014 that has not already happened in your life?

“Choice, not chance determines destiny”

Whatever you decide that you’re going to aim for in 2014, you are going to have to change what you presently do. Are you prepared to change what you do? Are you willing to give up sugar in your diet? Are you willing to get up at 4.30am every day? Are you willing to do something towards your goal every day of 2014? Are you willing to say no to social events in which you have participated before? Are you willing to do whatever your coach asks of you for a whole year, without moaning or feeling sorry for yourself?

How bad do you want this ?

Being a winner takes on many forms. We all have our own definition of being a winner. Face it, only one man and one woman are going to win the Hawaii Ironman in 2014. So if that is your goal, there’s a damn good chance that you will finish 2014 a bit disappointed. It’s possible to really be a winner with your own personal goals and dreams.

What’s the difference between goals and dreams? Dreams are things that would be nice if they came true one day. Goals are things that we want to come true, but we make a plan and we stick to that plan to make goals come true. The greatest reward you can receive when you set a goal and make it happen, is the feeling of great satisfaction. Don’t underestimate the value of personal satisfaction, it’s the reason behind most great achievements. Ask the winner of the Hawaii Ironman what he or she felt after winning.

For a professional athlete his or her earnings instantly rise after achieving such a great feat. Their fame increases overnight, but the shift in self image is enormous.   The feeling of satisfaction is such a great personal reward, all the early mornings, all the physio appointments, all the scrimping and saving to travel to races has been worth it. Believe it, along the way even these champions have had moments of doubt, when they thought they may not make it. They are humans after all.

The difference is these humans made a goal, a long term goal, and they stuck to the plan, and followed it to the end. That’s the main difference between these special humans and most others. Too many of us confuse dreams with goals. Too many of us let the doubt seep into our soul. Doubting is normal, don’t beat yourself up if you have a moment when you don’t really believe you can make it. Just be ready for it and have the right strategy in place to wash those feelings of doubt away.

Action is the antidote for doubt. As soon as you feel that you may not have what it takes to get there, take action. Either grab your goggles and go and do a 500-800m swim. A short swim is better than no swim. Or put your shoes on and run for 20min, or a little longer. Any run is better than no run. Do 20 crunches and 20 push ups, you don’t even have to go out the door to take action.

The critical time for your goals to be relegated to dreams, is when you’re in the birthplace of dreams, your bed. If it’s cold and rainy outside and you wake up to a doubting mind, get out of bed and get outside in the elements. Make getting out of bed your mission.

If you make one resolution this week – make it to get out of bed early and take action every day until you achieve that goal.

1 –  get out of bed

2 – take action

3 – be ready for the doubts – then refer to #2

4 – do something every day which prepares you in some way

5 – don’t listen to strangers or even friends – your only partner in this journey is your coach – there’s too much free advice out there from people who have not achieved what you’re aiming at – too many pretend coaches – you’ll find if you make it, they’ll all be there to pat your back – if you have a setback, miss a chance along the way, they won’t be there to help you back into the game

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