Our Favorite Goal-Setting Tips for the New Year

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Tis the season for goal setting, and while we know your feeds are filled with tips on goal setting, we couldn’t help ourselves. We’ve asked some of our team here at AthleteBloodTest what they’re favorite (and least favorite) goal setting strategies are. What are your favorite goal-setting strategies? Tell us on Instagram.


“I assign three goals in each of the following categories; Family, Self, Career, Social, Adventure

The first two goals are within reach so long as I remain diligent in the pursuit. The third is a lofty goal, a dream, a goal that can be achieved only if something remarkable occurs. This third is perhaps the most important, as it opens my mind to possibilities, demands inquisitiveness, drives innovation, and forces me out of the boundaries of my comforts.”


“All my goals have action steps attached that go on a todo list. I like to keep my daily to-do list very short with only two critical tasks that I need to accomplish before moving on to the next action steps.”


“Create sub goals, that when accomplish move you closer to the larger objective.”


“I start with a big goal, then determine what actions need to be taken and break those down into specific tasks and schedule those tasks on my calendar.”

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“Focus on the big picture.  As a working mom and engaged community member, none of my days go as planned.  It’s easy to beat myself up about a missed workout, an unhealthy meal, a conference call where I wasn’t on my game, or a moment of stress where I lost my cool with my family.  But if what I want is a full, “balanced,” life, I can’t get fussed about a difficult day, week, or even longer.  I have to let it go and get back on track as soon as I can.”


” 1. Make your goal visible! Write it on a note card and post it on your locker, mirror, desk, wall, etc. This is a great way to keep you accountable and also to increase your brain’s awareness of the goal.

2. Define the path to your goal. Once you have decided on your goal, take the time to write out how you will get there. Ex: Get blood checked quarterly through ABT. How will you do this? Mark your calendars for reminders, set aside funds to prioritize testing, keep track of blood levels to watch progress, and follow recommendations/ note changes. 

3. Visualize success of your goal. Believe you will accomplish your goal and visualize yourself completing the goal successfully. “


“For athletic goals, the New Year is the time of year that I like to do what I call set it and get after it. So I’ll give some serious thought to what I want to do athletically for that year and then I’ll set some goals. Once those goals are in place, then I won’t second guess them and for me they are locked in. This enables me to work hard on a daily basis without the mental baggage of setting or changing goals.”

Balancing racing with quality family time perennially ranks high on Jordan’s list of goals.


“I approach goals from the micro-level on a daily basis and within categories. I have personal (self-serving goals), professional goals, and family goals (which are actually broken down into two sections: marriage and parenting).

Over the years I’ve learned that it’s better to focus on the little things in order to achieve the big things. It’s easy to get too specific with the big picture goals (i.e. running a certain time in the marathon at a specific race on a specific day), without thinking what you need to do on a daily basis to get there.

Through focusing on goals at the micro-level I’m also more attune to what’s realistic and what’s not, so I’m less afraid to change course — I love to have a plan, but I always make that plan in pencil.”

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