Tuesday Tip: Setting Goals

You can’t get where you want to be if you don’t know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there, but setting goals is one way of making sure you’re headed in the right direction. Sure, we know this time of year is popular for making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We usually figure that resolutions are for people who aren’t very goal oriented, and nearly everyone who races already has at least one goal…to beat everyone else on the gate.


So how do you make goals work for you?

Make them specific:

  • Pick specific areas of your riding you want to improve.
  • Pick specific areas of your conditioning you want to work on.
  • Pick races (or a race series) that you want to do well in. Don’t say, “I’d like to win every race I enter in ’04. Unless you’re one of a handful of top riders (or cherrypicking) it’s probably not going to happen.

Make them attainable:

  • Don’t say, “I want to win the 250cc SX championship.” Again, unless you’re one of a handful of guys, it’s not going to happen. But you could say, I want to make the night show at each race. Once you’re doing that regularly, move it forward to making mains from the LCQ. Then making them from the semi, or directly from the heat race. You get the idea. Make them bite-sized chunks.

Make them part of your lifestyle:

  • Write them down.
  • Check in regularly to see if the things you’re doing are helping you achieve your goals.
  • Keep advancing them forward, add to the list, or readjust as necessary.