I’m starting to get a little nervous. In less than 11 weeks I’ll be running my first marathon, and my training hasn’t been going to plan recently. I derailed over Easter, and with a injury that’s making it hard to walk at times, I’m starting to panic. But this morning I did what I do best, and now I feel back on track. Regardless of whether it’s an exercise goal, or a change you want to make in your career or business, it’s important to have a strategy to get on top of things when your best laid plans have gone to pot – here’s what I do…
Don’t panic. Take a moment now to walk through these steps that will help you get organised and back on track: –
1. Take Stock
First off, you need to know where you’re heading as it’s very difficult to get back on track when the road ahead is unclear. For example:-
For me, my overriding goal is to run the Gold Coast Marathon (42.2km) which involves a structured training plan of 4 runs per week, plus drills to help me improve a foot injury.
Now you know where you’re heading, it’s critical to calculate what the gap looks like between now and your finish line. For example:-
This provides your plan of action, or strategy, on how to bridge the gap between your current position and the end result you’re looking for. Getting into the nitty gritty and being as specific and detailed as possible is key.
For me, my training is all about numbers – I’m very clear on how many runs I need to do a week and when; how far each of those runs needs to be; and I also track my speed. On any given day I know what my current abilities are which clearly illustrates the gap between now and what is required to run a marathon.
Who do you need to on your ‘Team’ in order to help you achieve your goals? Using your network and collaborating will help you bridge that gap much more quickly and easily too. For example:
When you build a great team around you you’ll really lift your game, giving yourself exposure to experts, quality advice, and improved accountability.
For me, this has meant getting a great running coach and podiatrist on board, as well as being part of an on-line group who are all training for marathons.
Now that you know what you need to do, and how, it’s critical to devise a specific and timely plan that works for YOU. It’s good to read about other people’s journey’s, but it’s also important to be realistic about what you can fit in, and when, so that you set yourself up for success and keep building critical motivation.
Having a plan in your head won’t cut the mustard! If you’re truly committed to your goals, you need to write down your action plan in a place that’s easily accessible and highly visible. This works two-fold as it will keep you focused on what you need to do and when, giving you a nudge when you’re procrastinating, and also help you celebrate your successes when you’re ticking off daily achievements which fuels motivation.
For me, I have a weekly planner that sits on my desk, along with my marathon training schedule, which I write my planned runs on every Sunday night for the week ahead. I then block those times out in my calendar too so that I can schedule my clients, work and other commitments around those runs.
Finally, it’s important to reorganise your life to give yourself the best possible chance of achieving your goals. If you want to achieve something new and different you’re going to have to live differently to do that. Some changes might be big, some small, but you must be open to reorganise your current way of life to fit your new commitments and actions in.
For me, that’s means getting up very early to train for the marathon, and going to bed a lot earlier. I rarely WANT to do either of those things, but fitting in 4 runs a week simply won’t happen without those two components. And this is where I’ve derailed recently. By going through this checklist it’s blatantly obvious to me what I need to do in order to get back on track. The late nights HAVE to stop, and running before my family gets up HAS to happen – there can be no compromise if I am truly committed to achieving this goal.
So onwards and upwards, I’m off to my Running Coach and Podiatrist now, and I’ll be having a very early night tonight!
What are you aiming to achieve and which of these 5 points do you need to refocus your energies on? Post a comment below and let me know!
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email email@example.com
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