“From not being able to swim, to completing an Iron Man!”

The Importance of Goal Setting

I was racking my brain trying to think of the best possible example of goal setting and how this can be one of (if not THE most) effective tool to achieving your goals.

In September 2014, my husband completed an Ironman in Tenby, Wales. This is renowned for being one of the hardest events you can do. If you don’t know, this is what it includes:

  • Swim = 2.4-mile (3.86 km)
  • Bike = 112-mile (180.25 km)
  • Run = Full 26.22-mile marathon (42.20 km)
  • All raced in that order and without a break…. crazy, I know!

Winding back to September 2013, Andy had never ran long distances, he had only just bought his road bike and he had never swam properly. I can honestly say the most swimming he had done was on holiday in a small round pool, he would breaststroke a few laps and be done!

Andy is very easily persuaded and he is always up for a challenge! My step dad had previously completed one and wanted to improve his time, so he mentioned to Andy about doing it with him. My husband didn’t take long to sign up to the challenge (I can imagine it would take me a lot longer to think about this!!).

Andy had 11 months to complete the training for this big event. This is where his strong personality and determination came into action! He sat down with my step dad and SET GOALS.

He had to think about what was holding him back;

  • he can’t swim that well
  • hasn’t ever done a triathlon before
  • doesn’t have the gear (wetsuit, trackers, clothing etc)
  • doesn’t know about the correct nutrition
  • his fitness levels weren’t up to the mark

He then worked out how to fix these;

  • he booked a course of swimming lessons
  • he planned to do 4 smaller triathlons leading up the big event
  • he went shopping for the gear and researched what he needed
  • he done his research and practiced his nutrition on every training session
  • he trained VERY hard (weekends become early lake swimming and long bike rides)

Through careful planning, setting lots of little goals and a lot of hard work… Andy completed the Ironman. A challenge most people would think was too big to do in 11 months. He actually finished in a very good time and smiled the whole way around, I felt so proud watching him….I think I was more tired than him at the end!

The moral of this blog is to show you that no goal is too big. It takes a goal that scares us to change us. This way of thinking can work for ANY GOAL. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Set yourself a HUGE goal something that scares the hell out of you or you think isn’t possible (this doesn’t have to be health related) – e.g. lose 10 stone, run a marathon or buy a house in 2 years
  • Ask yourself these questions;
    • what does it take?
    • what’s holding me back?
    • how will I achieve this?
  • Work on those areas find solutions to them (don’t just let them scare you), then set yourself lots of little goals to lead you there, e.g. lose 2lbs per week for 70 weeks, aim to run 1 mile first or save £200 per month

Don’t let a huge goal scare you, embrace it and let it drive you!

Feel like you need help with this? Book in for your goal setting session today and I’ll help you see things in a more positive way.


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Thank you for reading!

Kimberley Skelton

Owner of Physique Health


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