A while ago I mentioned on my facebook page that I was going to make a big announcement. I then proceeded to not make that big announcement. I was recently writing about how fear can hold us back from saying what we really want to accomplish and fear can also keep us from sharing those goals with others. When I wrote that, I realized that it was time. I was writing it for a chapter on goal setting. A chapter in the book I am writing (deep breath); I am writing a book.

Deep in Research while writing my book on mental skills trainingNo more hiding. I am writing a book and I wanted you all to be a part of that process from beginning to end. But I didn’t let you in from the actual beginning. I was hiding from you. I put off letting you in on my goal. I told myself that I was just trying to figure out the perfect time to let you know, but really I was just afraid to put it out there in the universe. I had told a few people and a couple of them mentioned it in public forums and I practically had a heart attack. So it’s time. I am putting it out there and here is where I’m at so far:

Last year was dedicated to working on the book proposal and this year is dedicated to finding a publisher and writing the book. I’ve got the book proposal and two sample chapters done. The next short-term goal to accomplish on the road to my long-term goal is to find a publisher. Part of me wanted to postpone making the announcement about the book until I actually had a publisher. That’s the fear creeping in. What if I tell everyone about my big goal of writing a book and no one wants to publish it! What will they think of me! Then I thought about how my athletes take this risk with me every time we talk about their goals. That got me thinking about one of the articles in my most recent newsletter.

“Part of being successful in sport is navigating the ups and downs that come with it. It’s like the difference between taking a walk on newly paved sidewalk or going for a hike over rocky terrain. Smooth pavement might be nice if you’re on a skateboard, but it makes for a boring walk. When you hike, you have to navigate changes in the terrain. It’s navigating the challenges of sport that makes it interesting and worthwhile.”

The challenges of writing this book will be part of the reward. It will make it that much sweeter when I can hold the book in my hands. So that’s my goal and I am 100% committed to it. I know I’m climbing a big mountain and there will be some rocky terrain, but I am ready for it. I will keep putting one foot in front of the other. I will write the book that as an athlete I would like to read . Every athlete and team I have worked with, every workshop I have given, every interaction I have had with all of you is going into this book because it has given me the experiences and knowledge I need to be able to write it. It’s my gift to every athlete that has put themselves on the line.

So take this as a lesson from me.  It’s time to go after your big goal. It’s time to say it to yourself and then to say it out loud. It’s time to make the commitment. It’s time to share it with others. If you don’t share it, you won’t get the support you need along the way. You are now my goal buddies!