Happy New Year…

At this time of the year most people have set new goals or New Years Resolutions and many of these will never come to fruition simply becuase they never get started or becuase they have not spent time reflecting on the past year and what goals did and didn’t get achieved or as importantly what was learned. My good friend Raoul who I just spent 8 days riding throughout South Africa with (blog post to come) wrote a post on his 2011 Lessons. He is already very successful but is on his own path to genuis and you can learn a lot from him here.

So many of my readers and even myself will obviously have some pretty tough race / performance goals for 2012 and even beyond. For many, I know it is to qualify for Kona or to break those seemingly elusive ‘hour’ barriers.

Here are some of my best tips to making those goals happen.

1. Belief

It all starts with an unshakeable belief that what you’re trying to achieve is doable. You need to throw away the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ attiude and exchange that for seeing it in your minds eye first and developing that belief with daily action. See it, Feel it and Believe in yourself – it’s the only way.

2. Win the Play

Recently I was reading an email from Alwyn Cosgrove on goal setting and practices. He mentioned a talk with Jim Wendler who talked about when he played football, everyone wanted to “win the game”. Jim’s approach was to “Just win the play. Win the play and the game will take care of itself”

How good is that advice! We can use that in our daily training and racing. Thinking about Ironman in it’s entirity can be daunting, but when we brake it down and just take care of that next swim stroke, that next pedal revolution or stride, the day will take care of itself. Same goes for training and eating healthier.

3. The Process

Process goals are potentially better than outcome goals. (i.e ‘winning’ your weekly training sessions, as oposed to going sub 10) – both are highly important, but most only write down outcome goals without planning out the process of getting there.  When you focus on the process of getting the workouts done and not necessarily the outcome that you’d hope to achieve (not every session can be a ‘best ever’) and just take care of the attention to the process, you’ll take care of the outcome by defualt.

Many success coaches will tell you that success is just a series of small behaviors repeated over and over. Set the behaviors in place and the outcomes will arrive in due course. Success does leave clues.. just follow the clues.

What behaviors are you going to change/create in 2012 to see your goals become a reality?