I think many people underestimate the power of setting goals. Health goals, career goal, skating goals, family goals. I feel like it wasn’t until about a year ago that I truly realized the power of setting goal and making a conscious effort to reach them. In the past year my main goals has been to be recognised as a legit jammer. Have I reached it? I think I’m getting pretty darn close. After the Battle for the Coast, Kiki Diaz of SDDD came up to me and told me my jamming has been taken to a whole new level this year. Needless to say, coming froma quick footed jammer, I was pretty stoked for the compliment.
I feel like my skating has gone through some big changes in the last year. From finally solving my hypoglycemia predicament to recovering ASAP from a partially torn MCL to nailing down to a T what I need to eat on and before game days and practices I feel like I am in a balanced place where nutrition and cross training are really showing through in my skating. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I am an epic jammer or anything like that but I am pretty satisfied with my progress. And that’s what it’s all about progress.
With the launching of the Hotter In Your Hotpants Fitness/Photo challenge, I have been working with over 100 skaters on setting goals and creating benchmarks so that we can monitor progress. Key point here, when you set a goal you have to set up lots of little goals between the starting point and the finish line.
Want to be a better jammer? Great! what game do you want to jam in? What skills do do you need to work on to be recognised as a reliable jammer? What basic skills need to be built up to make these more balls-y moves jive? Go into every practice with your own goals. What do you want to improve today?
Want to lose ten pound between now and rollercon? Great, now what does that mean you are going to eat every day? How much protein will you get every meal? What time of day are you eating said meals? Map out a plan for the day or week and pre plan. What do you need from the grocery store Monday to make it through to Sunday?
Bottom line is chunk it down. What ever your big goals are, they are reachable. You just have to take small steps and commit to following them. So the question is, what do you want to achieve?