I believe that as human beings we should always strive to be better people. I think we should always be setting ourselves goals, but it’s always nice to have a ‘restart’ or refresh your perspective at the beginning of the new year and that’s what I’m doing as I go through my personal development goals for 2020. This encompasses not only my ambitions as a runner and an athlete but how I’d like to develop as a person. Hopefully, this can give you some inspiration on what you can strive to achieve during 2020.
My Personal Development Goals For 2020
#1 – Accept Where I Am
Doesn’t sound like much a goal. It sounds rather like I’m consoling myself. And maybe I am.
I’ve potentially lost a lot in terms of training adaptations in the 18 months or so I chose not to train at my club and left to try sprint training to see if it could help with my running ambitions. I tried it. It didn’t seem to work much for me and I don’t think my body responds well to it.
Those I was once as good as, or better than at running have now well surpassed me and if I want to stay in the running game, I need to be patient. I need to accept my level of fitness right now and take my time to build it up because I know and I believe I can get as good as my running mates who I could once beat.
For others it may be you:
- Want to earn more money.
- Want that promotion.
- Desire to medal at a major championship race.
- Really want that new personal best.
In the present, it’s best to accept where you are, but work towards it so that in the future you can get to where you want to go. To get there you need to be consistent with the work you put in. And the work needs to be the right kind of work which gets you where you want to go. If you want to be a better runner there’s not much point doing boxing every day. If you want to be a better runner you should do some sort of training which is relevant and specific to running. In other words, do work which is specific to achieving your goals.
#2 – Spread My Knowledge To Help Others
They say you should listen twice as much as you speak. However, you can only listen twice as much as you speak if there are others who speak twice as much as they listen. Now, there’s a whole lot of misinformation out there, and I don’t like to say anything to others unless I can see reasoning, rationale or evidence behind it. But anything I do say, particularly on this blog, is because:
a) I’ve seen enough information on it out there to believe it’s something I should write about which can help others.
b) I believe the article will help people researching that particular topic e.g. a training method, diet, sleep tips or a way of eating/lifestyle
c) There is a personal experience there which may resonate with others.
d) I believe it can help improve one’s health, fitness, diet or wellbeing.
To do this I need to try and spend more time researching what I write to make sure the information I give you guys is accurate, valid and reliable. And make sure it’s written in a way that’s easily understood.
Some examples of topics which I believe we need to pay much more attention to are:
- Sleep (get more of it and of higher quality!)
- Nutrition (we need less sugar, carbs and processed junk as a whole)
- Mindset (positivity and self-belief is key)
At the same time, I’ll keep my mind open to new ideas. If someone wants to try and persuade me of something and they have a rational argument for it, I’ll happily debate with them in a friendly manner and make my point. Perhaps they’ll even convince me of a few of their ideas.
#3 – Read More Books
The internet is a great resource for information and I love to pluck and find information on the internet, but the reality is there’s so much goodstuff out there in books. I’ve bought a couple which I intend to read (but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet) and there’s more I want to have a look at. It’s not that I don’t have time. I’m just not making time for it. That means I need to change the way I think and prioritise some book reading. Some books which are currently on my agenda to read are:
- Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter with Kristin Loberg
- Deep Nutrition by Dr Cate Shanahan with Luke Shanahan
- The PE Diet by Ted Naiman
- The Hungry Brain by Stephan J. Guyenet
#4 – Stay Positive
It’s easy to get put into a negative state. Just one bad thing needs to happen to make you grumpy for the rest of the day. And that one bad thing can be one negative oppressive thought like how bad you represented yourself at a meeting.
Even though ‘thoughts’ are just in the mind, they have a powerful effect on your epigenetics which is the way your genes are expressed. Being happier improves the strength of your immune system (or maybe less happy people are more susceptible to illness), it may reduce stress levels, reduce the perception of pain and increase life expectancy.
Some simple ways to be more positive are:
- Take time to think of what you’re grateful for.
- Spend time with individuals you love and care about and enjoy being around.
- Spend more time sleeping (you’ll be less irritable and likely to be negative).
- Be active. Physical activity gives us an endorphin rush which makes us feel elevated.
- Eat less ultra-processed foods and more whole foods. You’ll feel better mentally and physically and so you’ll be more positive.
#5 – Keep Pushing Myself
I also want to keep pushing myself. And I mean this in the sense that I want to push myself in:
- My running training
- Athletic races and competitions
- Performing well at work
- Learning more information about how to optimise health, fitness and wellbeing
- Giving myself time to rest, recover, relax and enjoy myself without worrying about the above
This is quite difficult, but I’ll do my best. The last bullet point is especially important because pushing myself also means I need to respect the ‘rest and recovery’ aspect. So many of us want to be high performers, but that also requires times of rest in order to recover. In that regard, I’ll do my best to give time for the recovery in order to allow my body and brain to adapt and learn. This will also help to prevent mental and physical burnout depending on whether you’re pushing yourself physically, mentally, emotionally or a combination of the three.
That’s Me – What About You?
I hope this post was interesting and sparked some ideas within you for some self-improvement and goals for 2020. These goals aren’t exclusively for 2020 either. They’re something I probably incorporated slowly throughout my life since I was about 17 and now I’m simply putting them into writing as they become more evident to myself.
Thanks for reading! If you found this post interesting, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could share it with others!