Goal-setting is a common weakness for struggling athletes and a common strength for successful athletes. Do it wrong – or avoid it altogether – and watch your chances for success plummet. Do it right, and watch your motivation and self-confidence improve. For many athletes, it’s the key to enhancing performance.
Many years ago, psychologist Albert Bandura defined, studied, and expanded the concept of self-efficacy: the belief that you have the power to produce a desired effect. If, for a particular task, your self-efficacy is high, you’re more likely to engage in that task. You’re also more likely to work harder and be more persistent. And, you’re more likely to attribute failure to external factors (“My training wasn’t tuned well for this race”) rather than low ability (“I suck”). How can you increase self-efficacy and keep it high in your cycling? Effectively set, commit to, plan for, manage to, evaluate, and re-set your goals……
…… (Or, just win every race you enter.) If you set and manage your goals well, you create the conditions to maintain a strong belief in yourself.
The above text comes from an article by Marvin Zauderer on Pez Cycling News. In this article, Marvin goes on to discuss SMART goals – goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound. There’s a lot more to this meaty piece. Here’s the full article.