Reach a certain level of competitiveness
Once you start taking part in athletics, your initial goals should be short and performance based. Do not think that far ahead of yourself and just focus on enhancing your skills. Remember that if you become a high-quality athlete, success and achievements will naturally come along the way.
Day to day goals
If you are a young runner or you are training a youngster, set a time to finish a lap and try to achieve your target. Do not lose heart even if you fail to achieve your goal in a day or two and keep trying. Once you start to achieve your objective regularly, you should look to improve on your time every single week. After a year or two, as you mature as an athlete, you should consistently try to beat yourself by doing better than the previous day each time.
Achieve a target in a certain time frame
An athlete should make some short-term goals for themselves, which are little different to the day to day goals. Having assessed your strengths and weaknesses, you should decide where you want to see yourself after one year. After setting an objective, you must work extremely hard to achieve that.
An athlete must plan about his long-term goals at a very early age. If he is content by becoming a national level player, he has to work accordingly. However, those youngsters who dream about achieving success at the international level must work twice as hard as others.
All of your goals should be achievable. Setting unrealistic goals may sound amazing but you will end up disappointing yourself when you fail to achieve the objectives. Know your capabilities and plan accordingly. Remember never try to overdo it as you can suffer from various injuries that will make it difficult to train in the future.