Ask Sparky - A New TrackMedic Column

by Sparky

On January 2, 2012, while crossing the street, I was struck by an automobile and thrown into on-coming traffic. Being the totally fit human being that I am, I managed to escape lifelong injury but I have been laid up for the past week and I have had time to reflect on many things among them, my goals for 2012.

My first goal of the year was to get my column up and running-so here it is!

As this is the first column of the year I thought I would begin with Goals, setting them and successfully completing them.

Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.  “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler” Henry David Thoreau

What does this mean for you as an athlete? Simply, chunk it down and break it down to what is important and essential for you to meet your personal goals. Let’s talk about goal setting for 2012. As a student athlete your goals probably look something like this- Train, Eat, Sleep, Homework, Hang out. That doesn’t leave much time for TV, Video games, texting, music, parties, going to the mall etc. and if you are like a lot of NSSF athletes, you have Nationals on your mind too! New Balance Indoor Nationals are coming up quick and you want to be ready. The question is how can you manage it all? How can you stay focused on your training, get your schoolwork done, be involved in your school and have a social life? The answer is, you can. It is always the ones that have so much on their plate that are the most successful. Don’t you wonder how some kids can be president of their class, captain of football and track, involved in their church or synagogue, get good grades and have a social life? They aren’t lucky; they are organized!

Time Management is the number one priority of all successful individuals. Those who master their time are those who manage to be involved in everything and follow through on their commitments, both to others and to themselves. It takes practice and perseverance to achieve this goal but it is well worth it.

All goals can be met if they are realistic. Keep it straightforward; stay focused on the outcome you desire. Be clear in your purpose, stay on your path with minimal distractions, keep your goals in perspective, and manage your daily tasks with some humor and humility.

Those who aim high, who seek greatness, are usually gracious, grateful, gregarious, and glowing individuals.

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