You're going to make 2017 the best year of you life! With some simple goal setting...
1. If youâ€™re bored or your goals don't excite you, then you need to find a bigger or different challenge.
2. If youâ€™re intimidated by what you're planning, you may need to work more on the required skill set to prepare for this challenge (specific training).
3. Or maybe everything's on track, you're on it!
You've probably read the book Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. If not check out this TED talk below. It's an insight (or reminder if familiar with the concept), to help you plan an amazing 2017. The Flow concept can be paralleled with many great sporting legends. One that stands out for me currently is Kilian Jornet, who by many is considered the best male ultra runner of all time. Kilian is a classic example of someone who when he trains, races or simply takes on an adventure, is in â€œflowâ€ big time! Watch the clip on Kilian's latest adventure, then if you have time, the TED talk. Draw some parallels to yourself and what you can achieve in 2017. No limits...
Here are some quotes from the best ultra endurance runner perhaps of all time.
â€œThe goal is not to win but move fast in the mountainsâ€
â€œI like it to suffer. I really love it, to be out many hours sufferingâ€
â€œI know when I start a new project, I know I have many, many chances to not finish. But thatâ€™s not a failure. Thatâ€™s an opportunity to go there againâ€
â€œIâ€™ve never considered myself a runnerâ€
â€œTomorrow is another day, we donâ€™t live in the pastâ€
â€œThe best moments, usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits, in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult or worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.â€
(Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly 1990, Flow)
FLOW - BEING IN THE ZONE
In this TED talk by Mihaly, a renowned psychologist, he talked about flow, or more commonly called in sport, being "in the zone". He's not the liveliest character on the planet but bare with it. The points he makes are excellent!
After watching this, think about the process Kilian went through. He chose a goal that excited him, prepared well and had a great adventure and experience not achieving it. He said he had a 50% success rate and that the non successes were in fact all opportunities. Therefore half the time he is creating opportunity and the other half heâ€™s achieving his goals. A good space to be in!
Dave Weaver in winning form in 2016
Pictured above, Smart Coaching athlete Dave Weaver unleashing an almighty sprint! Dave won the elite section of the hotly contested North Island Team Series in 2016 for his Wheel Works racing team.
Ride Holidays, Tour de France 2017
Pictured above Chris and T, two great blokes riding a great climb, Col du Galibier, July 2016. If you'd enjoy cycling cols like this, great food, wine, culture and people, then come to France in 2017 for and experience of a lifetime! click here for more information