People who actually set goals and make them public are in the minority. Why? Our culture frowns upon people sharing their goals. We are socially conditioned to be modest, humble or self-effacing. We falsely believe that telling people our goals will be taken as being a braggart or egotist. This perception prevents many people from openly discussing personal goals – especially those goals that might come across as big, lofty or grand.
It’s imperative that if you want to accomplish your goals, you go against the cultural grain and assume a new attitude about goal setting. I’m encouraging you to do the complete opposite of what’s culturally acceptable: make your goals public with your key network of supporters. Just make sure you surround yourself with positive family members, mentors and friends who support, encourage and embrace your goals. Eliminate naysayers and negative people from your circle of trust.
Why do you need to announce your intentions to your inner circle of support? Because your group of supporters will help hold you accountable to what you’ve shared about your goals. Accountability is defined as the state of being accountable, answerable. At the end of the day, each of us is solely responsible for how we think, what we do or don’t do, and the results we receive. When you make your goals public to your circle of support, it adds additional pressure in a positive way to help push you forward. For example, I have a life-long passion for racing in extreme endurance events throughout the world. I normally tell my friends and network about my key event; and I always tell them that if I don’t finish this epic journey, I will not come home but will live in the mountains. Unless it’s a very serious injury or illness, my mindset is: There is no other option other than to finish and push mentally and physically to do the best that I can do. By setting my intention and adjusting my mindset that quitting is not an option and I must complete the goal is a personal philosophy that works well for me – and can work just as well for you.
To recap and summarize:
- Set your goal
- Announce your goal to your inner circle of support
- Ask them to hold you accountable
- Bonus: Set your mindset toward the phrase “failure is not an option”
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’