In life we should always be looking for opportunities to grow and improve ourselves, personally and professionally. We need to have things happening in our lives that make us feel important, that scare us, that make us feel that we are actually achieving something of value in our lives.
I’m a strong believer in setting goals and setting targets that are a stretch; that will challenge you in all aspects of your life, business, physical fitness and financial aspirations.
I believe that if it’s not a stretch goal you shouldn’t include it as a primary goal, but perhaps as a secondary or sub-goal. It needs to inspire you and ultimately drive you towards getting better in any aspect of your life.
This year I have had the opportunity to challenge myself in a area I have had a passion for for many years now – road cycling.
I have competed in triathlons for 20 years and this winter had the privilege of being invited to join a racing team that would compete in the QLD Road Team Series.
This series has some of the best road cyclists in QLD.
As a 42 year old I have raced against guys 20 years younger than me. The intensity of each race generally exceeded racing over 100km, twice in one weekend with an individual time trial thrown into the mix. It definitely challenged me compared to any physical challenges I have endured competing in triathlons over the last 20 years.
To finish the season off, I’m racing in the QLD State Road Cycling Championships and I’m aiming to secure a podium position.
I illustrate this not to impress you but to impress upon you that you need to challenge yourself. Don’t just be satisfied with drifting through life; stretch!
Get the support of people around you as you’re going to have to make sacrifices, such as setting the alarm for 4:30 am and on your bike by 5:00 am in the dark cold winter mornings, 5 days per week.
I am fortunate to have a supportive family and a team that challenged my physical abilities and self belief at every training session and every race, but accepted my need to have a balance between my commitments of family, business & training.
Don’t listen to people who may say your goal is out of reach.
Who knows what the future holds? It doesn’t matter. Get rid of the doubt, live out your dream.
Build a plan for achievement; steady growth to achieving your goals. It’s not necessarily about the end result or necessarily achieving the goal. It’s about the journey, constant and never ending improvement.
So challenge your self beliefs, set some new targets, have no fear. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and get inspired. As Nike says, “Just Do It!!!”