I have become more realistic in setting goals this past year. Setting reasonably easy goals at first, then upping the ante as I hit each level, always reaching for more. I have come to understand this past year that setting goals too lofty to obtain works against me and my then current confidence level.
An example; I set a goal of riding my bike at least 200 miles before early Fall. Once I obtained that goal, I set my sights on 225 & then 250. I didn’t get to the 250 mark before I pulled the bike rack off the car and stored the bike for the coming cold season. If I have to wrap up so many layers so I look like a penguin, yeah, it’s not worth it at that point. But I was happy with obtaining two of my goals & felt like I could have easily nailed my last goal too, but I built up my confidence level in preparation for next year and got out the treadmill and hopped on it daily for the cold months to follow.
This is the same guy who in 2013 rode 800 miles in one season and was very upset I didn’t get to 1,000 miles which was my goal that year. I berated myself for being “soft” and constantly felt like a failure. And yes I got the 800 miles ridden, but did not enjoy riding that year. It was too much of a competition with myself and I was constantly looking for time to steal away and ride. I honestly feel the 238ish miles I rode this year was better for my health than the year I rode 800 miles.
I enjoyed the riding this year, took in the sights and moments and was very happy fulfilling almost all my goals for this year. I also had to take into consideration my business has increased dramatically this year so my time was slightly limited because my customers always come first. I always get everyone’s orders done on time, then I play.
Setting goals too high and setting yourself up for failure is pointless. Life throws curve balls at us sometimes, which can affect our time & ability to achieve said goals. So if you set easily obtainable goals to begin with you will be happier, well adjusted & more able to overcome any obstacles and push for a little more without putting too much stress and pressure on yourself. Enjoy the ride and take time to see the sights, experience happiness & take in the moments that take your breath away.