Why and how to set better goals in running and life

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And we are live! In episode 1, (or unofficially, ‘episode 0’… because it sounds cool) we, (Daren Lake and Phil Cross) introduce ourselves, the concept of ‘Master of Some’ and we talk on a foundational meta-skill that lies at the core of mastering anything – goal setting.

However, not all goals are created equal. Ambitious goals, in particular, require calculated risks. If a goal is too easy to achieve, it may not be worth pursuing. On the other hand, if a goal is too difficult or unrealistic, it can lead to frustration and disappointment. Finding the right balance between ambition and achievability is key.

The podcast transcript highlights the importance of setting goals that are challenging but attainable. The hosts discuss the concept of a 50-50 success rate, where one wins and loses in equal measure. This balance keeps individuals motivated and engaged, pushing them to continually improve and strive for greatness.

To achieve ambitious goals, it is necessary to embrace a mindset of continuous learning and improvement. This involves conducting thorough research, seeking out new tactics and training methods, and staying abreast of industry trends and best practices. By constantly expanding one’s knowledge and skill set, individuals can increase their chances of success and overcome any obstacles that may arise.

However, it is important to note that setting ambitious goals also involves taking calculated risks. The podcast hosts mention the concept of leading and lagging indicators, which are measurable factors that indicate the likelihood of achieving a goal. For example, if an individual’s fitness test results show consistent improvements in their FTP (functional threshold power), it is a leading indicator that they have a higher chance of achieving their power goal in a race.

Taking risks means stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and embracing the possibility of failure. It requires a willingness to face challenges head-on, even if there is a chance of falling short. Without taking risks, individuals may never reach their full potential or experience the satisfaction and growth that comes from overcoming obstacles.

The podcast also introduces the concept of a well-formed outcome, which involves setting goals that are positively expressed and focused on what one wants to achieve, rather than what they want to avoid. This mindset shift from playing not to lose to playing to win is crucial in pursuing ambitious goals. By focusing on the desired outcome and maintaining a positive mindset, individuals can stay motivated and resilient in the face of setbacks.

In conclusion, ambitious goals require calculated risks. Finding the right balance between ambition and achievability is crucial in setting objectives that push individuals to grow and excel. By conducting thorough research, embracing a mindset of continuous learning, and taking calculated risks, individuals can increase their chances of success and achieve their ambitious goals. It is through these challenges and risks that individuals can truly reach their full potential and experience personal and professional growth.

Timestamps of what you will learn

  • [00:00:17] Being a master of some.
  • [00:06:06] Goal setting as a meta skill.
  • [00:09:32] Goal-setting and intentionality.
  • [00:11:45] The five wise techniques.
  • [00:17:29] Goal Setting Ethos
  • [00:19:11] Goal setting and milestones.
  • [00:23:37] Training methods and research.
  • [00:26:01] Playing to win.
  • [00:30:08] Objective setting and motivation.
  • [00:33:26] Motivation and belief systems.
  • [00:36:43] Dark chocolate and health benefits.
  • [00:40:35] Being the best vs. getting value.
  • [00:46:24] A mid-strength shiraz.