Goals setting: 2010!
  Snaptech Marketing 12:00 AM
With a new year upon us, it is important to look back and acknowledge everything we did in 2009. We work hard, day in and day out, and time just seems to fly by. Accomplishments tend to get overlooked because were too busy moving on to the next big thing. Take some time this month to reflect upon all that you achieved in 2009.

As for myself, I will reflect upon the races I accomplished, my business I grew, and the new places I have travelled.

After all that reflection, I begin to direct my attention towards setting goals for 2010. What do I want to accomplish this year athletically, professionally, and personally? As an athlete or business professional, it is important to set goals because without them you have no direction. A goal is something you are constantly working towards. This is accomplished by setting short and long term goals. For example, a long term goal for me as an athlete would be completing the Western States 100 mile race at the end of June. A short term goal would be my weekly training schedule or perhaps a 50km training race in preparation for the big 100 mile event. The short terms goals keep you accountable to your long term goals and are just as important.

When setting a goal you want to refer to the S.M.A.R.T principle, I'll use myself as an example:

S: Specific- I want to run the Western States 100 mile on June 26th, 2010.

M: Measurable- Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

A: Attainable- You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. As I sit right now, I am not fit enough to run 100 miles. However, through training over the next 5 months, I will be at that start line fit as a whistle and ready to rock.

R: Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. Three years ago a 100 mile race might not have been realistic. I didn't have enough experience and I did not have the appropriate time commitment available to train properly. This year however, I have the experience and the time available to train for such a long event.

T: Time Based- A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency. I am already signed up and registered for the Western States 100. A date and time is set.

With those principles in mind, tell us, what is your goal for 2010?

Nicola Gildersleeve 

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