Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, February 22, 2007

More on short-term v. long-term


"Always think about the future, never the present."

That's a description of one of the guiding principles of the Minnesota Twins general manager. It is describing a way to build a baseball team, but it could also be a useful principle for thinking about orienteering training.

A few weeks ago I was thinking about balancing short-term and long-term goals. When I heard the description of the Twins general manager, I recognized it as a principle that might make sense for an orienteer.

"Always think about the future, never the present."

The idea is to force yourself to think about the long-term and to emphasize long-term goals and plans over short-term ones. Of course, you don't take the principle to the extreme. You wouldn't stand at the start line of a WOC and think, "this will be great training for a race I've got in 2 years." But, more often than not, I'd think it would be a good principle to follow for most of us.

It is a principle that is worth thinking about.

The description - as applied to the Minnesota Twins - is from Dave Pinto who runs the Baseball Musings web page. If you are a baseball fan, it is worth a look.

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posted by Michael | 8:43 PM


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