Staying Motivated For My Long-Term Goal

My attempt at the English Channel isn’t until the 1st
neap tide” in 2013. By my calculation,
that’s about 947 days away. Now that’s a long time! Some folks have
asked me how I stay motivated when my goal is that far away. My
answer: break the time down into short-term goals! For example, my
swim training schedule has me completing a United States Masters
Swimming (USMS) “One Hour Postal Swim” in
January 2011. This swim requires me to swim as far as I can in, of
course, 1 hour. It is known as a “Postal” swim because my results,
along with all others completing the swim, are mailed to USMS. This
way, even though I’m not at a big swim meet — something I cannot
envision myself doing at this point — I get to compete against
others because USMS tallies the results for all participants.
Because I am swimming in the One Hour Postal Swim on January 22,
2011, I can focus my current workouts to get me to the goal of
swimming as well and as far as I possibly can on that date.
Breaking down long-term goals into manageable steps is really the
only way I can envision getting to the “starting line” of my
Channel attempt. If I did not break it down, the steps needed to
get there could, and likely would, be overwhelming. Of course,
there are many more interim goals before I get to the Channel! I’ll
try to keep you posted on what they are and whether I succeed —
whatever that may mean at the time. My approach reminds me of the
answer to the question: “How do you eat an elephant”? One bite at a
time! Until next time…stay focused on your goals and do everything
in your power to achieve them!


About John R Kormanik

Husband, father, attorney, multiple Ironman, aspiring English Channel swimmer
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