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Goal Setting Made Easy

October 2017 by Tanja Mitton,

Setting goals is essential in order to achieve success. 

Goal setting is like creating a road map that serves as a guide to follow the path that sets us up to achieving what we are aiming for.

Too often, we set goals, but never end up achieving them. 

Here are some of the key things to consider that makes goal setting not only more specific, but will set you up for succeeding in your goals.

Find its purpose

Firstly, check your goal has a purpose.

For me, it is much easier if the goal has a specific purpose and I know exactly why I want to achieve the goal, rather then having a goal that I feel I ‘should’ achieve. 

The purpose gives you the driving force you need to stay motivated and on track when things get hard.

Make it achievable

Often, people get ‘goals’ and ‘dreams’ mixed up. 

A goal has to be realistic and achievable; it has to be specific and meaningful. A dream, on the other hand, is more likely to be unrealistic and far-fetched. Most people dream of going to the Olympics, but seldom do they put the work in to even come close. A goal has to have clear stepping stones and action steps that need to be followed consistently.

Believing is achieving

Before you can achieve a goal, you have to believe that you can achieve it. It’s like buying a lottery ticket. How many people by a ticket each week and how many actually believe they are going to win?

Believing in a goal is more than just talking about it; it is creating a vision of what it will be like when you have achieved the goal. The more you can see yourself having already achieved the goal, the more you are likely to make your goal a reality.

Quantum physics talks about the power of energy that comes from visualisation.

Take the step

To reach the summit, you have to set one foot in front of the other.

Writing the goal down and breaking it into bite-sized chunks will help you to stay focused. Knowing what each step is makes the journey clearer and supports you to stay on track. People tend to get overwhelmed when they are faced with a task that seems too big, and this often leads to giving up and failing to achieve the goal.


Finally, there is the celebration.

Celebrating your achieved goal is vital. Acknowledging yourself whenever you achieve a goal is so important, yet we often forget to do that. 

A form of self-sabotage happens when people develop a new goal before they have reached the old goal. Too often, a goal has been set and worked towards, only to be changed and replaced or extended by another goal. The outcome of moving the goal posts is that we never actually feel like we are achieving a goal, due to changing it last minute.

I hear many riders say things like:

  • “This used to be a goal, but I should be so much further ahead by now...”
  • “I used to think this was good enough, but now I realise it’s not good enough...”
  • “Yes, I have improved but...”

The ‘golden’ rules of goal setting

  • You have to complete your goal before you can set the next one.
  • You have to celebrate and acknowledge yourself when you achieve a goal.
  • You have to know the details of the goal and know exactly when you have achieved it.
  • You have to understand the journey is far more important than the goal itself.

Happy riding everyone!