Updated: Sep 25, 2019
Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we are curious... Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney
So what do you do once you’ve climbed to the top of the mountain and achieved that long term goal.
For example, a lot of athletes work extremely hard in youth and high school to get recruited by a college team and receive an athletic scholarship.
Once they achieve that goal, many aren’t prepared for what comes next.
Here are tips for what to do next:
a. Celebrate your achievement and all the hard work that went into accomplishing this milestone.
b. Reflect on the process and what you learned along the way and how it helped you grow. This can also be a stepping stone to identify your next big goal.
c. Recharge and rejuvenate before you dive back in. It’s time to get back to it when you start to miss it.
If you feel like you need extended time off, take some time to work on other interests or things that were put on the back burner.
Reconnect with other things that define who you are.
In either case, set a deadline to get back to training and competing.
d. End of the road. There comes a time when you feel like you’ve done it all and there isn’t anything left to prove. If that is you, it’s ok to stop and shift to another goal or dream.
e. Itch is still there. Set your sights on expanding on your current goal. Do this by creating a sequence of milestones that to reach in the future.
Or set your sights on that next big goal.
f. Pay it forward. Whether you decide to walk away or keep going, give back to your sport / community.
Help others accomplish their goals. This serves a dual purpose. One, it allows others to learn from your success. Two, it will help you to stay motivated and even inspire you with your next goal.
Stay motivated, strong, curious, humble, and hungry!