When I decided that I wanted to swim at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, I was 13 years old and had been raised to believe that I could achieve things, many things ... I don't think my parents were thinking of the Paralympic Games as being one of these things. I set this goal though, my parents came round to the idea, and I started to pursue the goal. Here's the thing ... in regards to the goal - Swimming at the 2000 Paralympic Games - there was an element of reality already there, I loved swimming, was quite good at it, and to be quite frank, I was obsessed with it. I would spend hours watching sports shows where they were talking to my hero's - Kieren Perkins, Suzie O'Neill, and Haley Lewis, read articles and magazines about swimming, and mock race in our backyard pool pretending I was in the Olympics. It wasn't like I had said I wanted to be an astronaut and fly to the moon - I am not very good at science, and I can imagine my disability would probably knock me out of the running immediately. When it comes to setting a goal you have to consider a few things and one of these is the realistic perspective of the goal.
So what things should you consider when you are setting a goal?
1. Where are you in life right now? Are you in a position to pursue that particular goal at the moment?
2. What are you most passionate about at the moment? Does it align with the goal that you want to set?
3. Do you really know the area where your goal is situated? I.e., you want to set up a bakery, but you know zilch about baking ...
4. Are you ready to dream big, but prepared to start small? Sometimes to reach the bigger picture you have to start with the smaller detail, i.e., when I set my goal to swim at the Paralympics I started my journey by firstly focusing on finding myself a great swimming coach and perfecting the basics of the swimming strokes ... without either of these my BIG goal would've sunk before it started.
To follow through with your goal and have the success that you want you have to really align your goals with who you are and your life, if you don't you will be destined to fail, or give up, or not even start the journey.
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