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Without a target, you will miss at success. Goal setting is crucial to improving your performance, but always remember that your arrows matter too.
Most athletes do not have a private coach. There might be a team coach depending on your sport or age group but most of us are going it alone. And it is tough.
Actually I was going to entitle this post dealing with idiots/jerks, but then reconsidered 😉
Goal setting sucks. There are all these SMART rules (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, Timed) and endless worksheets and experts trying to get you excited about finishing something far off in the future. BUT I want to be excited today and I want to be happy about doing it now.
Berlin – December 2011. Women’s scratch. Round of 16. Shoot-off. Me against Maja Jaeger (Denmark). We were tied at 5-5 so it came down to one arrow to see who would progress to next round. I was super cool because I actually did not know she was former World Junior Champion and ranked Top 10 World and an Olympian too. The buzzer sounded. She shot fast. I did not look (I never do) but I heard the crowd cheer… then I shot my arrow and the crowd gasped! It was not until I saw her 9 and my 10 that I realised I won and could move to the next round… where I also beat her compatriot Louise Laursen. The Berlin Open stills remains my favourite competition on the international archery circuit… although for some reason I think it is better for me to avoid Denmark.
This duel was a prime example of what an athlete must do at crunch time…