© 2019 Andy Zagami

  • Andy Zagami


Goal Setting is a topic you hear about left, right and center. While what you’re about to read may not be ground breaking, it just might give you a different spin on traditional goal setting techniques.

Set your own goals

After all this time it’s only recently occurred to me what it really took for me to overcome 2 of my biggest challenges:

From fracturing my spine to winning gold on the parallel bars at the Victorian championships within 2 years.

After having 25% of my left lung taken out managing to walk the Inca Trail – a 4 day hike in Peru 4200m above sea level. Again, within 2 years.

So how did I do that? More importantly how can you achieve something in your life? It wasn’t just about setting a goal, I had done that my whole life so that was second nature to me. Both points, while very different tasks, the first being in a competitive environment and the second being a holiday, both had the same motivation behind them for success.


I loved gymnastics, there was no doubt about it. Growing up it’s what I knew, it’s all I knew and I was proud of what I had achieved. Even back then I still didn’t like being in the spot light, but that never fazed me when it came to competitions because I loved it so much. all the hard work and dedication it took to be able to perform a routine that showed skill, power, flexibility and just pure awesomeness, it had my name written all over it.

I was at my happiest when I was training and competing, nothing else mattered at that moment, I was in my element.

Gymnastics takes commitment and dedication

As for the Inca Trail, while not a competitive environment of sorts I was in competition with myself. I knew what my body was capable of, even though it had now been ripped to pieces, I still knew there was enough left inside me to achieve anything I wanted to. I knew completing the 42km walk wasn’t going to be easy, but I loved the idea of walking among the mountains and clouds, soaking up the fresh air, seeing the sun rise in places few people ever do and literally waking up in the clouds. That is an experience I will never forget.

Before I left I knew it would be an amazing experience so I wanted to make sure I was in the best shape possible in order for me to actually enjoy the view everywhere I was. That meant I had a lot of training to do so I wasn’t huffing and puffing the whole time.

So when I boil it down, my motivation for overcoming these seemingly giant hills was belief in myself, knowing what I was capable of and pushing myself until I got there. Aka goal setting to make sure I was on track and doing everything I could before the event.

Now you might be thinking, ‘But I’ve never been in that place to begin with so I don’t know what I’m capable of.’ A very valid point so I’ll leave you with this: Your body and mind are only limited by what you believe. If at your core you believe you cannot do something then chances are you cannot. On the other hand, if you believe you can do something, funnily enough you will find a way to make it happen.

So what are you capable of?


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