“What are you training for?”, “What’s your next race?”, and “What’s your goal?”
These questions typically come up in conversation when I get together with my fellow runners and friends.
I admire those who proudly pronounce their big, hairy, and audacious goals (BHAG) and aspirations. I am typically open about sharing my goals and ambitions – qualifying for the Boston Marathon being one of them. There are times when I like to share, and other times where I would rather run under the radar.
Traditional goal setting says that announcing your goals is beneficial because it allows others to hold you accountable, and also provides a chance for you to further define and clarify your goals. According to a TED talk from David Sivers, however, announcing your goals may make them less likely to happen. According to his talk, by telling others your goal, you may get a psychological satisfaction of accomplishing the goal without having to do the work. This early satisfaction may hinder your motivation to put in the work to actually accomplish your goal.
But whatever the reason, there might be times when you would rather just keep your goals and training plans to yourself. You might have superstitions about sharing your goal, a secret training plan that you don’t want to disclose, or perhaps you don’t feel ready to put yourself out there. And that is perfectly fine!
A few weeks ago, I allowed myself to partake in a stealth race. Prior to the race, I did not tell anyone I would be running and would shy away from any questions regarding upcoming races or plans for that particular race weekend. It had been a while since I had last raced so I was itching […]