This November I have asked my athletes to begin "deep thinking" their goals. I do this as well. What I've asked for is a set of goals and targets. It is a concept I learned from Bobby McGee this summer. For example, one client in the past had a goal of "lose 100 pounds". I've asked her to change that to a target. Her goals are much more "simple" than that. They are 1) Get to bed at a consistent time daily 2) Eat according to her nutrition plan (built by her registered dietitian), and 3) Do her workouts to the best of her ability within the parameters her coach sets for her (me).
Did you notice the difference?
The target is something we are working toward, but often don't control enough of the variables. A metric. A "SMART goal" by other people's definition of goals. The goal is a daily habit that we do in order to get to that target. Often, we control most, if not all of the variables that impact our achievement of the goal.
Understanding that difference is the first step to success.