Goal Setting for Motocross
Let's get right into some awesome goal setting tips and tricks for your motocross goals. You may already know some of these, but I hope there are a couple tips here that you can take and use in your training arsenal
Determining Our Goals
We can't know where we need to start or what we need to do if we don't know where we want to go. So let's take a few minutes and determine what we want our end result to be.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're setting your goals.
- Be precise/specific.
- Make them achievable.
- Set Relevant Goals.
- Make each goal measurable.
- Put a time limit on each one.
Okay, let's break these down a little further.
Be Precise / Specific
- You must be clear about where you want to go and what you want to achieve. It must be something that you can see, feel, taste, smell, etc.
- When it's something that is so clear in your mind, you almost have no choice BUT to achieve your goal.
- When you know EXACTLY what you want, you can then start to break down what it's going to take to make it happen.
Make Them Achievable
- First set a longer-term goal, then once you have that goal written down you can make achievable smaller-term goals that make up the big goal.
- Achievable smaller goals keep us motivated and striving to hit our longer-term goals through smaller manageable wins!
- These can vary in size and duration, but they shouldn't be too big that you get overwhelmed and never try to tackle them.
Set Relevant Goals
- This one's pretty simple, you want to make sure that when you're setting your smaller (achievable) goals, that they align with your longer goals and help you get closer to that goal with each win.
Make Goals Measurable
- When you set a goal you need a way of tracking if you're on your way to achieving it.
- For example, if you're trying to lose weight you might take a before picture and your body measurements. Then each week or bi-weekly (whatever you decide) you will take another picture and your measurements and see if you're on track with your goal.
Set a Time Limit for Each Goal
- When you set a time limit on your goal, you now have a deadline placed on yourself.
- Sometimes it helps to actually set a punishment if you don't do what you said you would do. There are plenty of apps that can help you out with this.
- Having a management board is helpful as well. If you like pen/paper you can use sticky notes or a calendar. If you don't like traditional methods, I've found that Trello works pretty well for putting in and adding a deadline for a task.
Once you have a goal formulated in your mind, it's time to write it down...
Write Each Goal Down
It's easy to set a goal in your mind, but it's also very easy to forget them. Once you have a goal, be sure to write it somewhere that you can see it every day. You need to remind yourself what you're striving to achieve each day so that you consistently take action on that goal.
- Write down all of your large goals somewhere.
- Then for each of those large goals, break them down into smaller manageable goals and write those down too!
Figuring Out WHY
This may be the most important part, right there with actually implementing your goal!
You have to know WHY you want to hit that large goal. It will be something deeply rooted inside you that will keep you motivated to continue the journey. The journey will not be easy, so you need a strong WHY to keep you on track when you have those hard moments! We all have them, so DO NOT skip over this step...
- One thing I do is ask myself WHY I want to achieve this task. But I don't do it just once, I ask myself this question 7 times, each time digging deeper into why it's important to me...
- Going back to the losing weight example, I would ask myself: Why do I want to lose weight? - So I can be more athletic... Why do I want to be more athletic? - To show myself that I have the strength to endure... Why do I need to show yourself that? - I don't feel like an athlete anymore... Why don't I feel like an athlete anymore? - I know that I have more in me that what I'm currently giving... and on and on and on... eventually I will have a clear understanding on WHY I want to lose that weight.
- Be sure to dig deep on this. The more clear you are in your head and the more rooted inside of you this "why" is, the more likely you are to making your dreams a reality!
- Another thing you can do to help you become more clear on your why is ask yourself, "Who does this affect other than me?".
- If you have external ties to why you're doing something, you're more likely to do it. This is because we can fail on ourselves all day every day, but when someone else is relying on us, you have to be a low individual to fail on their account. DON'T be that guy/girl. Step up to the plate and do it because someone else is counting on you!
Implementing Our Goals
The next step is to actually START TAKING ACTION on those goals. It sounds simple, but this is where a lot of people get hung up. They make excuses why they shouldn't start, they tell themselves stories of why they're not good enough or that they don't have the right experience and on and on. Well, the only thing that they're doing wrong is not taking the action TODAY to get where they want to be tomorrow...
Sacrifice today for tomorrows betterment. - Greg Plitt
This section is very simple, so I'm going to leave it short. The only thing I want you to remember once you set your first goal is to actually start taking action!
Find a Partner
Finding a partner is another key to actually making your goals happen. This can be for anything like a training partner in the gym or at the track, to someone who helps you learn something new. A training partner helps keep you accountable and on track with achieving your goals. But you cannot ONLY rely on a partner. They are a great tool for helping you stay on track but if something comes up, you must use your why as the ultimate partner.
So if you have access to a partner, use their support in helping you get to where you want to go, but make sure to keep your "why" and your vision of where you want to go at the forefront of your mind.
To wrap everything up, set your goals tonight! That's part of taking action... Then start getting to work on what you want to make happen! If you need someone to help keep you accountable (a partner), feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and send me one of your long-term goals along with how you're planning on tackling it (short-term goals) and WHY you want to make that goal happen!
Happy goal setting!