Thursday, September 23, 2010

Goals are funny things.....

Goals are funny things…. When we set them we subconsciously think to ourselves, l really want to achieve this; I will be very disappointed if I don’t hit the mark. I often wonder if in our subconscious thoughts we set goals that are too achievable, for fear of losing our motivation, for fear of failure.

The fear of failure is one of the greatest fears that people have, it leads to a fear of criticism and fear of rejection. I believe that successful people overcome their fear of failure. Fear incapacitates unsuccessful people and causes them to self-limit themselves. I believe that most people do not achieve a fraction of what they are capable of achieving because they are afraid to try because they are afraid they will fail.

12WBT is a prime example of this, Mish tackled it in the excuses preseason task, and again in the goal setting task. We were told to write down our excuses, and what we are going to do about them, and then to set what we what to achieve, our goals for the next 12 weeks.
We were told make our goals SMART – (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) so I thought I did… but one thing they don’t tell us to do is to make them STRETCH…

I honestly believe that we need to learn to set a goal and the add say 5% to it, make it just a little bit less attainable… make it something that you have to WORK for.

I have revised my goals (AGAIN –and we are only 4 days into the 12WBT!) The original ones are below, and any change I have made to them is in purple…

I think I am seriously going mad! But I am SO keen to SMASH this extra 12 kgs (well 10kgs after last weeks weigh-in) so I am willing to work my butt off & stretch  my goals and expectations.

1 month goal

  • Increase fitness until I can run for 20 minutes without stopping (I can currently run for 8 minutes at 8km/hr, 3-5% incline on treadmill)

  • To run outside at least once per week. –New goal – Once a week do a bike ride immediately followed by a run - biathlon style

  • Lose 4kgs (that’s 500g per week & will bring me into the 70’s)

  • Do 20 push ups on knees (I can only do 10 now) – Fitness test proved I can actually do 28 so new goal – 40

  • NEW Goal – To bring 1km time trial result down by 39s to under 6 minutes

  • To hold a proper plank position for 1 minute – I did this at the gym on Wednesday so new goal – 2 minutes

  • To make eating healthy a NORMAL activity, every meal.

 3 month goals

  • Lose an additional 8 kgs (on top of the 3 I will lose in the first month). This will bring me into the 60’s – for the first time in 3 years since I stopped training.

  • Increase fitness until I can run 5kms in 30 mins.

  • Run the Blue Lake Fun Run on the 21st of November – 6km of hills

  • Do 50 push ups on knees, and 10 on toes

  • To hold a proper plank position for 2 minutes. – moved up to 1 month goals, so new 3 month goal will be to hold a  side plank for 1 minute (each side)

  • To purchase a bikini that makes me look smoken’ hot!
 On another note - I was doing a lot of reading about goals over the past few days writing the blog, so if I have inadvertantly copied someones words I am sorry!


  1. Well you have me convinced you are going to do it LOL

  2. Wow - that is quite impressive - oh an thanks for your comments on my blog, it made me feel a whole lot better and is very appreciated!! Now if I could just shake this feeling like dieing, oxygen not getting into my lungs feeling and get back to things it will all be good - but yeah wow that is an impressive read (I will concentrate on being actually able to do pushups Lol)