Goal-setting Like A Champ in 2020

Dec 23, 2019

A few years ago around a Christmas dinner table, I asked my nephew what were his 5 year, 10 year, and 20 year goals. Both of my brothers, in true brotherly fashion, made fun of me for asking a 15-year old high school boy these big questions. 

“Did YOU have these types of goals when you were his age?” they chided me. 

“No,” I said. “But I wish I had.”

One of the most surprising things since I started Top Mental Game has been the lack of meaningful goals set by the athletes I work with. These athletes show up to practice, work hard, and spend hours, days, weeks, months, and years on their craft...and yet they often don’t put much thought into their “why” and their ultimate destination.

When I thought about it more, I concluded that I shouldn’t be surprised. If you asked most people about their life’s big goals, chances are they will look at you funny because they too don’t know them. After all, it’s so easy to just go through life on auto pilot. It’s safe, it’s in our comfort zone, it’s what most people do.

But for the athletes I work with, they don’t want to be average. (As I tell them, working with me is proof that they don’t want to be average!) They don’t want to be like most people.

So one of the first things we do is to identify what Jim Collins calls a Big, Hairy, and Audacious Goal (BHAG) in his book, Good to Great. What is that one thing that you’re shooting for in your life? What is the one goal that gets you out of bed in the morning and ready - no, excited -  to sacrifice blood, sweat, and tears in order to accomplish it? 

What’s your BHAG? Don’t know how to come up with one? Work with me and find out how we can craft a meaningful goal that will give your workouts purpose. Learn how to take your BHAG and create action through affirmations. 

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and here’s to identifying your BHAG for 2020!


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