Share your goals

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

When you share your goals, you’re not just do­ing it for ac­count­abil­ity pur­poses: shar­ing a goal means that deep down, you be­lieve that you can achieve it, and that it’s a good idea. “Goals that are shared are win­dows to ath­letes’ souls about their con­fi­dence that they can pull them off,” Mar­shall says. “Each of us has a level of self-ef­fi­cacy of whether we can pull some­thing off. Self-ef­fi­cacy is our per­cep­tion that we can or can’t do some­thing. Some cy­clists will set goals that are only tan­gen­tially re­lated to cy­cling, and not tell a coach even though they know that their new goal – like only eat­ing 900 calo­ries a day and in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing – will af­fect their train­ing and should be shared. Deep down, they know it makes no sense. They know their coaches will know it doesn’t make sense. But they’re think­ing this is a quick way to drop weight quickly. They’ll do that and then fast track their way to lean­ness.” If you’re not com­fort­able shar­ing any and all health/nu­tri­tion/train­ing goals with a coach or train­ing part­ner, ask your­self if you’re keep­ing it to your­self be­cause you know you might not pull it off, or be­cause deep down, you know it’s not a healthy goal.

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