This past weekend, one of our athletes, Barrett LeHardy, won one of the most competitive amateur triathlon in the world. USA Triathlon’s Age Group Olympic Nationals draws over 4,500 competitors to race head-to-head across the olympic and sprint distance races. When I asked Barrett what his dream would be when we first started working together, he told me he wanted to win Nationals and turn professional. He had a clear vision and a dream that he wanted to accomplish. I explained to him what this would take and the mindset that he would need to have during training. It was going to take consistency not just with simply doing the workouts but giving it his best effort in each workout. Over the past year, Barrett has only missed a few workouts due to situations out of his control. He went into each workout with the mindset of a champion. He knew what he wanted and what it would take – it was not easy by any means but he was committed. On race day, Barrett was confident that there was absolutely nothing he could have done different to prepare better. This resulted in him dropping over 6 minutes from his personal record and accomplishing both of his main goals for the year.
Achieving a goal starts with a vision. Having a clear vision on what you want to accomplish drives your motivation: both during training and on race day. It is your rudder on tough days and your victory on the best of days. It is the first step of any goal accomplishment and sticks with you throughout the whole process. Vision makes goals possible.
Barrett is no doubt a very talented athlete but this is not how he accomplished his dream. Barrett accomplished what he sought out to do by having a clear vision which stirred within him a mindset that was needed to truly see him achieve his potential for the year.