Goal Setting For Paddlers

Setting Your Paddling Goals

Sea Kayaking in Alaska

Sea Kayaking in Alaska

Research shows that those who set goals have a greater chance of being successful in their pursuits.  Yet very few of us set personal goals about our canoeing and kayaking.  Here’s one way of doing this simply and easily – using the benefit of hindsight.

Find a quiet place where you can spend just a few moments going through this simple exercise.

Imagine that you have travelled forward in time. It is New Year’s Eve on 31st December 2011, the end of another year and you are in a reflective mood. It’s time to look back on all you have achieved and the progress you have made in the year just past.

As you look back over 2011 you might like to reflect and ask yourself:

  • What paddling, training and practice did I do in 2011?
  • What are my paddling achievements?
  • What have I learned?
  • What were the things I was willing to do to make this progress?
  • What did I find most important, useful and interesting this year?

Imagine you could go back to the beginning of 2011, what advice would you give yourself that will help you make the best of this coming year?

Come back to the present moment, the beginning of this New Year and consider everything you have to look forward to.

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