Set Your Goals

An important part of this course is being really clear about what you want to accomplish. COMPLETE THIS LESSON BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THIS PROGRAM.

You may have a very clear goal in mind. Or you may not. Either way, you should take some time to think about (and preferably write down) potential goals. Once you have a candidate list, start eliminating the ones that are not inspiring. You need your goal to be motivating. Next, eliminate any goals that are completely unrealistic. Similarly, eliminate those that you could likely achieve right now. Assuming you are still left with at least one, you are ready to proceed and refine this goal. Otherwise, keep brainstorming!

There are many different kinds of goals you can consider:

  • Finish a race
  • Beat a specific time in a race
  • Achieve a certain place in a race
  • Complete a specific distance
  • Join a group of other runners
  • Running without pain
  • Finishing with a smile
  • Feel confident getting on the starting line
  • Overcoming discomfort
  • Support another runner

Ultimately, you should narrow it down to one goal that can be tested with one specific event. To make it more likely to walk away satisfied, we suggest creating A/B/C variants of this goal.

How to set A/B/C goal variations: (NOTE: This definition is different than what Brock discusses in the video. Please use this definition. We’ll re-shoot the video at some point.

  • A: Choose your ideal outcome. It can be ambitious as long as you believe it is possible.
  • B: Choose a fallback goal that is a bit easier to achieve but still motivating.
  • C: Choose a minimum goal that will allow you to walk away with your head held high.

Next, you need to determine how you are going to test and measure your goal. Most of us will be using a race as a measuring stick, but you can also choose a training run, physical test, or another event. Be as specific as possible about the date and location of this test.

Assignment

Write down your goal, the A/B/C variants, and the test (e.g. race) you are planning to use to measure your performance. Once you have it, post your goal on the Group Forum and tag as 'Goals.' Look at what others are posting as their goal and see if you can find ways to help them!