I know about setting targets, it used to be a large part of my job.
I know that they need to be SMART:
But I do appear to have a problem with them.
I have set myself targets for the last three years:
- Walk to Lands End, John o’Groats and back home; Climb Mount Everest; Row the River Thames; Lift a jumbo jet (well, the equivalents anyway)
- Take part in a race of every distance that I know of
- Do the London Marathon.
So what is the problem?
All these challenges meet the SMART criteria.
But look at them!
It struck me today (whilst out pounding the streets doing 24 km (15 miles) as training for the London Marathon 2014, that I could have set myself a different running target.
I could have gone for ‘Be able to run 200 metres without having to stop.’
I can’t do that now so it would be an acceptable target!
Too easy? OK, make it 400 metres then.
But no, I go for a marathon! 26.2 miles. 44 kilometres.
Worrying isn’t it.
Perhaps I need to give more careful thought before setting any future targets …… There are lots of things that I can’t do like sewing and ironing and housework and ………
No, they would be REALLY scary!!!!
So what are your targets for 2014?