Earlier this year we talked about yearly goal setting as a way to bring focus to our lives, and give us something to aim our lives toward.
As part of our collective journey, I set my goals for 2012 as well. One of these goals was to run a few races. I had been talking about running races again for a few years and not actually racing.
I was falling into a trap as described by Derek Sivers on Ted.com where talking about your goals may not always help you achieve them.
I did go against that advice a little and shared the race goal with a friend. I decided to share it because this person is a runner as well and I knew they would encourage me, and hold me accountable for my periodic whining. For other goals, I did take his advice because I have a tendency to talk about goals more than actually achieve them…
The Friday before the race, this person checked in with me with one simple question.
“What is YOUR Number?”
For all non-runners out there, here is what this question means:
“What is your total time goal for the race?”
Setting a time goal (or having a number) is a way to quantify the goal. Having a number helped me stay on task to accomplish this goal well, and it made me train harder to make sure I could actually run that fast. That number made ordinary runs (either outside or on the treadmill) mean something. Each run was part of a larger goal.
Whatever your goals are for 2012, I hope the process of goal setting has helped. For the more broad goals, are there ways to set specific accomplishments to help you achieve them? In other words, What is YOUR Number? You can decide whether or not to share it, but establishing that number may make the difference.