My first post for the year focussed on the key steps you need to take to achieve your goals. I said I would use one of my big goals for this year to illustrate how the process works. This year I’m going to ride 6,000km on my road and mountain bikes. Indoors doesn’t count. It’s a big step up for me as my best guess is I rode somewhere around 3,000km last year.
Here’s what I’m doing to make sure it happens:
1) Write it down – don’t just think it or say it, put it down in writing. Keep it somewhere close to you, look at it again – keep it front of mind. Add an inspirational photo or picture to make you feel good about it. I’ve written it here. I keep a list of my goals that I regularly look at – it’s on there. I think about it every time I get on the bike.
2) Make it tangible, quantifiable – put a number on it. Be specific with what you want to achieve so you know when you get there. I could have just decided to ride more this year or get fitter but how would I know I was getting there. I decided it would be 6,000km – that way I know whether I get there or not.
3) Reduce it to bite size chunks – set yourself mini goals along the way so you know exactly how you are tracking. I know that to ride 6,000km this year I have to average a touch over 115km per week. So far I’ve ridden 1,027km which puts me at an average of 128km per week. While I’m ahead right now I know that come winter in Canberra I won’t be riding much in below zero temperatures (some call that soft – I call it smart!).
4) Be accountable – tell others, it could be your wife or husband, business partner or post it on social media and be accountable to the world! I’ve told my family and my riding mates. I know people have seen it on my blog because they’ve asked me about it. It motivates me to get there!
5) Celebrate your success! Once you get there make sure you enjoy the moment. I haven’t thought too far ahead yet because there is still a long way to go! No doubt though when I get there I will do something special to mark the milestone like a good bottle of red, a new bike??.
One question I have been asked a few times is how I stay motivated. People are often motivated in different ways. I love riding my bike but that alone hasn’t been enough to make it happen. If I watch cycling on TV it makes me want to get out and ride. I use a great app called Strava to track all my rides. It tells me how far I’ve ridden and how fast I am so I know if I’m getting fitter. But even better is I can follow my mates on there and see the rides they do. It really motivates me when I see someone I know is getting out there and clocking up the km’s. But I also love setting myself a goal and working to get there – the sense of achievement is really satisfying.
So how are you going with your goals this year? A new year’s resolution that’s a distant memory or are you kicking and well on your way?