Motivation is largely a matter of skillfull goal setting
. The past tought me that if I wanted to fulfill and discover my true performance potentials I needed to set myself ambitious goals which had to give me also great enjoyment.
That’s the only way I know of to break through mental and physical barriers as well as discovering new paths.
I started to learn swimming fairly late at the age of 17. I remember that I could hardly swim 25m. But, one year later (1991) I completed my first Olympic Distance Triathlon (Bavarian Youth League, Germany) and swam 1500m (pool) in just over 25mins. I kept working on my swimming skills for 2 years. The swim splits become faster (1000m in 12:50mins) and that enabled me to win my first triathlons (Junior Elite and even overall against senior elite athletes).
My goal was to become part of the Bavarian Elite Junior Squat. I had to become a better swimmer. Well, I ticked off that box (Goal) in 1992/3 and even made it into the highly competitive Germany Junior Team the same year. All within 3 years. However, it took me a lot longer to swim really fast. It wasn’t until 1998/9 that I was swimming 16:50mins for 1500m (1650 yards).
I had achieved my goal and it felt amazing to do that.
What are your goals for next year? I would love to hear from you.