Learn how to plan your objectives

23 May, 2013 | Written by Recuperat-ion Recuperat-ion
By Meritxell Bellatriu

In sports like in life, it is necessary to set goals and objectives in
order to focus on what we want to achieve and to prosper. They help us to guide
our efforts, our commitment, increase our performance and motivate us in our everyday



But how do we establish these goals? For this, it is
advisable to focus on what we want to achieve, when, and how. Spending time
analyzing these points before starting the season is a good investment, and
will help us develop strategies.


Anyone of us could not imagine building a house
without a preliminary plan drawn up by a team of professionals. Similarly, if
we want the consistency and coherence in our work, we must establish an initial
plan; build bases to follow as architects of our own personal or professional


The objectives should be specific, realistic and hard
to reach, but however without exceeding our capacity. In other words these
objectives should be above our current level but they also should integrate the
resources available to increase this level. The objectives must always be seen
in a positive way.
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Moreover, it is clear that the firmness of the athlete
commitment in his preparation is a key advantage. If we are not sufficiently
compromised with our goals, we do not assume them, and we will probably fail in
our quest. We must be actively involved in our sport projects. It is a
guarantee of success.


Identifying our targets (short, medium and long term)
is key during the analysis of the situation based on the current state of things
and what separates us from the desired level. Again, this assessment must be
realistic and must respect our potential.


Some objectives are based on the outcome (so-called
“consequence”) and others on the process (so-called
“achievement”). Outcome objectives refer to the ultimate goal (eg,
the victory, or a place in the ranking). They do not depend only on us but also
on the performance of other athletes. In contrast, achievement objectives depend
on the specific aspects of our implementation (eg, increase our concentration,
or improve our technique) and depend totally on us.


It is necessary to have goals to motivate yourself.
Those achievement objectives help us focus on our effort and on our daily
commitment, training after training.


Once the objectives are clearly defined, we have to
establish a plan to achieve them, like a set of techniques or strategies to reach


The use of records (eg in the form of a table) will help us develop our
objectives, strategies, timing, and most importantly, check that we have
achieved the goals set at certain dates. In this same record we will express
the reason why we eventually failed (“I did not succeed because I got
hurt”, “I did not do the proper preparation”).




Before starting any project an athlete must think about what he wants to
achieve and think about when and how he will perform. This is the transition
from a simple desire to a will; from a less realistic plan related to a dream
to a real plane in line with the current situation and with the athlete´s capabilities
and resources to make it happen.

Meritxell Bellatriu is psychologist, with a master in clinical psychopathology. She’s an academic expert in sports psychology. She currently works in her Barcelona office, ​​and collaborate with a rehabilitation center and various sports teams.
Recuperat-ion note : take care of your nutrition when defining your goals. Just as it is important to have a plan to achieve your goals, do not forget to develop a rehydration strategy for each race, and create habits during your preparation. 

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