Goal Setting

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A GOAL IS A DESIRED RESULT OR PURPOSE; AN OBJECTIVE; SOMETHING YOU WISH, AND INTEND TO ACCOMPLISH

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Tips for Making Effective Goals:

  • For goals to be effective, they must be big to create excitement necessary for accomplishment.
  • Commit to goals on paper. List the obstacles you may encounter and ways to overcome them.
  • Set both long-term and short-term goals.
  • Goals must be specific. Being “better” or having “more” is too broad. Make your goals specific by giving details so you know where you are going and how to achieve it.
  • Setbacks in goals are stepping stones, not stumbling blocks. Believe you can do it. Visualize it!
  • Daily objectives build the foundation for reaching your goal. Never lose sight of it.

As a coach, you should have your own set of goals, separate from your team. What you wish to accomplish will be quite different from what your athletes will want to focus on. Your team will need to decide what goals they want to achieve for the weeks to come and for the season as a whole. Write these goals on a poster and revisit them frequently to keep everyone on the same track.

Use the three Rs as a guide to effective goal making:

  1. REVISIT – On a regular basis, look back on your goals. See if you are any closer to accomplishing them or if you have surpassed them.
  2. REVISE – If your goals seem too far-fetched, simplify them. You can always strive for more difficult ones later in the year.
  3. REMODEL – If you have reached your goals, set new ones! Remember that you never stop growing and learning.

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