Hey there!, it is not a secret that working on your mental game gives you a huge advantage over your competition. There are quite a few skills that athletes learn to help them perform at their best, but I have found that there is one simple (yet very effective) skill that athletes are overlooking and failing to implement into their game plan. That simple skill is GOAL SETTING! Every athlete and every team should have goals. Not only should they have goals, but they need to create an action plan to assist them in achieving their goals. Goal setting is like a GPS, it gives you the directions to where you want to go. Without a GPS you don’t have a clear detailed plan on how to get there. So how do you set goals? Let’s get clear on what exactly is Goal Setting and the benefits.
What is Goal Setting and Why is it Important?
Goal setting is a mental training technique of taking active steps to achieve your desired outcome. It is an extremely powerful technique for enhancing performance, so it is one of the most important strategies you can implement for success. Goal setting can also be used to increase your motivation and commitment towards achieving a personal goal. Maybe your dream is to become a teacher, play college basketball, become a lawyer, or play professionally. Each of those dreams involves setting and reaching short term and long term goals. Each of these major goals can be broken down into smaller, more attainable goals that will help you to effectively achieve your goal. These goals can be broken down into three categories:
Outcome Goal – These are the goals that keep you focused on the big picture. They are the result of the successful application of process and performance goals. Examples include:
Graduate with a 3.5 GPA
Play College basketball
Become a Teacher
Play Professional Basketball
Performance Goal - These are the goals that track your improvement. They are benchmarks for your continued progress. Some examples:
Increase free throw percentage from 70% to 80%
Increase shooting percentage from 30% to 40%
Average A+ in all classes
Confidently perform moves in games
Able to remain calm before and during the games (by using specific mental game techniques)
Process Goals – these deal with techniques and strategies. Process goals are the key to goal attainment and peak performance. Some examples:
Practice proper free throw techniques (routine) 6x's/week
Practicing proper mid-range pull-up technique (foot work/balance/elevation) 3x's/week
Implement mental game tools and strategies daily
Reading Confidence Resume (every morning, before practice and/or games)
Practice 3Rs routine in games
Meditation 5-10 minutes a day
Strength training 4x's a week
8+ hours of sleep
When setting goals make sure they are SMART Goals. A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. A SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving your goal
Specific - goals are well-defined and have a focus.
Measurable - Along with having a specific focus a goal also needs to be measurable. This will help you see progress and results.
Achievable -The goal needs to be achievable. Setting a goal to be the starting point guard for the varsity team next week when you lack ball handling skills and have never handled the ball before may not be an achievable goal.
Relevant - Is this goal important to improving your game? Are you passionate about achieving this goal? You need to choose goals that will self-motivate you and that will help impact your game.
Timely - A goal needs to have a timetable for increased odds of completion. Without a timeline the goal might be forgotten about or take longer than needed to accomplish.
Non - SMART goal:
I want to be a good free throw shooter
I want to shoot 95% from the free throw line by the end of the 2020-2021 basketball season.
What happens after you identify your goals? You dominate! These are YOUR goals, you dreamt these goals, you wrote them down and you posted them so you can visually see them daily. There is nothing left to do then to go out there and CRUSH THEM! But, here’s the thing. If you’re solely relying on motivation to keep you focused and ready to go, you might want to rethink that and here is why. Please do not get me wrong, motivation is great, but it either comes and goes or does not last at all. So what should you rely on instead? DISCIPLINE! One thing I always say to my athletes is “motivation gets you started but discipline is what keeps you going.” Remain committed to your goal no matter what obstacles may come your way. How bad do you actually want it? Are you going to stay committed to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left? The choice is yours.
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