June 14 2018
Coach Hillary Kigar offers her best tips on how runners can find time for running despite shifting schedules.
Supercharge your chance at success with these tips:
Set process goals, not outcome goals
This keeps your goals in a realm where you can dictate the commitment you make and the effort you put in. Goals focused on a particular outcome will potentially put you up against other athletes, weather conditions, or other details that are out of your hands.
You can have it all, but not at the same time!
Decide what goals are most important to you. Choose which goals you will focus on and when. Leaning in one direction means pulling away from something else, even for a little while. Saying yes to your goals could also mean saying no to other plans. Drop the shoulds and the guilt.
Embrace the power of negative thoughts
Research shows that people who anticipate obstacles and pro-actively think of ways around them are more likely to achieve a goal than those who skip this step. Better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
Keep goals visible
Anything that keeps your goal at the forefront of your mind will help that goal remain a priority. Believe in yourself. Studies show that successful people have a vision and go for it!
Watch your words
Declare what you want, not what you don’t want. “I want to feel fit and fast” is better than “I don’t want to be fat and out of shape.”
Share your goals
Tell someone—your coach, sister in sport, spouse—anyone who will help keep you accountable!
You might think this is frivolous, that the intrinsic reward by itself is enough, but your emotional brain wants you to feel good. A reward (or punishment, as preferred by some people) will keep you motivated to continuously raise your game.
Make the time
Carve out time in your day to work on your goal. By scheduling it, you’ll be less likely to forget about it.