I’ve been writing recently about New Year Resolutions, and in those articles I’ve expanded on why I’m not a fan of them, that they have built in dangers on a goal achievement front. In this article I’m carrying on the winter theme for another goal achievement tip…
There is an annual event over the New Year period in the sport of ski jumping called the 4 Hills Tournament, which takes place at, er, 4 different hills!
I remember watching it when I was much younger (the mainstream coverage of it here in the UK has disappeared), and this year I found it again via a sports channel.
Here in the UK, when you say ‘ski jumping’ to most people, they will reply ‘Eddie The Eagle’. Now, Edwards is not the focus of this article, but it’s always worth giving a nod to his efforts, his willingness to get stuck in and have a go at something he wanted.
Will I write about Eddie in another article? Now that I think of it, yes, but let me get back to the point I saw while watching this year’s 4 Hills event…
Ski jumping used to be about who jumped the furthest. The development in recent years has been to add or subtract from the distance jumped according to the wind prevailing at the time of the jump. There was an earlier add on to the basic distance score though, one which had a huge impact at the time, and still does today:
The style of the jumper through the air, and the style of the landing are marked, and those marks are computed along with the distance and wind factors to give a score.
Now, something the commentators mentioned during the coverage, and something even I noticed, is something that is a problem in many winter sports which have style marks involved.
It’s a problem in ski jumping, it’s a problem in ice skating. It’s a problem in freestyle mogul, and it’s a problem in snowboarding.
The problem is that the established top names seem to have an assumed high score starting point, and *may* be marked down for any mistakes, while newcomers seem to have an assumed lower score starting point, meaning that apparently better performances are marked less than the more established names.
Sometimes it causes controversy, but it seems to be accepted as the norm – the newcomers understand ‘that’s the way it is’, and their time will come to have that assumed high starting point.
It’s this assumption of success which is the point I want to make about your goal achievement.
Yes, *your* goal achievement. Not mine, not anybody else’s, but yours!
Others may well give you an assumed low success rate, and you may find that at the beginning there is little you can do about that except know that when you make progress you might change those opinions.
What about your own assumption of your success rate though, how do you view yourself when it comes to your goal? Do you view yourself at the successful end, with any mistakes being simply absorbed, the achievement of the goal in the end being expected?
Or, do you view yourself at the assumed low end of success, where setbacks, mistakes and hurdles are viewed as the norm, achievement being viewed with surprise?
Can you see the difference in the two? Belief is a key element of goal achievement – belief in the goal coming true, and belief in your worthiness of that goal.
You goal may or may not be to succeed in the world of ski jumping(!), but whatever it is, take on board the point about style marks, and make sure your assumptions about your level of success are set correctly.
I’d love to hear what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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