Goal Setting #1: Getting Started

When thinking about athletic goals, it’s easy to come up with big picture ideas, like getting a college scholarship or winning a national championship. Goals like these are important motivators for many athletes and certainly should not be ignored, but they shouldn’t be your only focus. In order to ultimately reach these goals, it’s important to find ways to focus on what needs to be done along the way. Focusing on the process and not the outcome can help you determine when it’s appropriate to focus on an end goal and when it’s more important to focus on what can and should be done in the short-term.

During the season, it is important to set short-term goals to keep yourself on track. At the beginning of the week, try giving yourself one goal that you would like to accomplish. Then think about three things that you can do in practice that week to help you accomplish that goal. Setting these short-term goals can help you track your progress throughout the season, build confidence by seeing successes along the way and keep you motivated on a daily basis.

When thinking about your objectives for the day, the week or the season, it is important to keep in mind that goals should be specific, reasonably challenging, and measurable. And remember, goals are flexible – as you progress throughout the season, your goals should progress with you.

Here’s a short worksheet to get you started:

My big picture goal is:______________________________________

My goal for week #1 is:________________________________________________________

To accomplish this goal I will:

1.__________________________________________________________

2.__________________________________________________________

3.__________________________________________________________

Reflection: How did I do on my week #1 goal?

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My goal for week #2 is:_________________________________________________________

To accomplish this goal I will:

1.__________________________________________________________

2.__________________________________________________________

3.__________________________________________________________

Reflection: How did I do on my week #2 goal?

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Keep an eye out for more simple ways to goal set in the coming weeks…

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