Tips on Writing Goals for CrossFit Athletes

Tips on Writing Goals for CrossFit Athletes

by Brad McLeod with Heather Self

As athletes – we all have goals. Some are more defined than others.  Some are bigger than others.  Some athletes have a method of reaching their goals in far faster time than others.

We overhear them at the gym all the time.  Lose 5 lbs. Compete in or first 5k. Get our first double under – or…string together 10 double unders. Achieve a 400 lb dead lift. Compete in CrossFit Regionals. Compete and win the CrossFit Games.

1. Have goals that agree with your core values.

  • If you don’t know what your core values are, or you’re not sure, write out a list of the ten most important things in your life (no specific order), then take the top five and write out what you’d like to improve about each thing, then three steps you can take that will create momentum towards them.  As you get momentum, you’ll think of more and more ways to do this.

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“Most people diffuse their psychic energy (attention) in hundreds of random ways. Those who flow focus their psychic energy intentionally upon the task at hand. It really boils down to knowing your goal, concentrating upon it, remaining determined and having the self-discipline to complete what you are doing.”
— Dick Sutphen

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2. Believe that you Can Accomplish the Goal.

If you feel resistance to it, or there’s a voice in your head saying you can’t, continue to remind yourself that was your old belief and that you can.  If you still feel resistance (or fear), spend some time with it and ask yourself why.  If you can discover what your self-talk is around your goals/beliefs, you can find out what you’re really telling yourself and start changing how you think about the goal — and yourself.  Self-talk is the biggest power behind what we create, both negative and positive results.

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3. Write down your goal.

  • If you hit an obstacle along the way, even several, it doesn’t mean “no” or you “can’t”.  It could just mean adjustments in the methods being used/how you’re trying to create them.  Maybe some other things need to be in place/created first.  Obstacles are just life’s way of helping you refine your tactics and mission statements to yourself.  Take them as ways to grow and learn about the creativity and skills you already have in you but just haven’t discovered yet.  It’s the same thing with mistakes.  Mistakes are not failures, and even failure isn’t failure — unless you believe it is, and is a reason to stop trying for your goals.  Mistakes and failures are, as Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

4. Check Your Goal Setting Milestones and Achievements Regularly

Take your 3×5 card out of your wallet and read them daily.  Read them aloud for better effect.  Visualize your dream coming true while you read them aloud for even better effect.

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5. Take Massive Action Daily. Take notes on your daily progress.

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6. Troubleshoot potential obstacles and get rid of them in advance.

  • If you hit an obstacle along the way, even several, it doesn’t mean “no” or you “can’t”.  It could just mean adjustments in the methods being used/how you’re trying to create them.  Maybe some other things need to be in place/created first.  Obstacles are just life’s way of helping you refine your tactics and mission statements to yourself.  Take them as ways to grow and learn about the creativity and skills you already have in you but just haven’t discovered yet.  It’s the same thing with mistakes.  Mistakes are not failures, and even failure isn’t failure — unless you believe it is, and is a reason to stop trying for your goals.  Mistakes and failures are, as Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

7. Break your big goals down into smaller micro-goals.  Like doing one rep at a time versus looking at the whole workout in entirety.

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8. Share your goals with a person who will keep you accountable.

Make sure NOT to share with other negative nobodies who will bring you down and squash your dream.  Only share with those that are a part of your team and will work to protect you and help you.  If you dont have someone like that then work hard to find someone.  Somewhere there are others that are doing the same — looking for another person to share their dream and to grow.  Put out signals – like a radio frequency – and you will attract others of like kind.

9. Celebrate the mini-successes along the way.

  • Also celebrate your hard work each week with a treat — even if you haven’t reached a specific goal, because just marching towards them every day with action steps is something to celebrate.
    (I add this because years ago, back when I was working on losing those 65 lbs, this was the best advice I ever came across, though it was about food and helping yourself not binge.  I allowed myself something sweet once a week and when I started doing that I started losing weight even faster).

10. Once you have reached your goal. Stop, reflect, take notes on how you you can improve on your goal setting process.

11. Stretch and reach for your next big goal.

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Comments

  1. Brandon says

    Writing goals is a crucial step in actually achieving them. It helps make the difference between accomplishing goals and leaving them on the pile of unfulfilled dreams. Brad’s tips are very helpful in teaching someone how to write goals down so they become powerful motivators and help one get those goals accomplished. These tips have helped me tremendously.

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