Blog 5: Psychological Skills Training – Goals
The below video and blog detail Goals plus examples of how to execute your plans.
Set a goal that is SMART.
- Specific: 10 push-ups per night is more specific than saying I will do push-ups nightly.
- Measurable: becoming a better student by studying with flashcards, re-reading aloud after reading, & asking teacher what to do to increase my scores or grades can be evaluated, analyzed, & measured.
- Attainable: not so hard no one can do it or so easy you have already done it.
- Realistic: executing 1 million push-ups in 1 minute is unrealistic – as is beating Jordan Burroughs in wrestling at your current development stage.
- Timely: when you will accomplish goal. Goals need timelines to become real…start dates and finish dates.
- Identify why this goal will make you happy or better. Think of why you will enjoy this goal.
- List obstacles in your way. Becoming a straight ‘A’ student or a state champion has many obstacles and you should list them. You may be unable to see or list all obstacles now…but they are there.
- Seek guidance & counsel. This is what your parents, teachers, coaches, and most adults are for…they can help you if you ask.
- Consider who can help you. Your friends, relatives, classmates, teammates may be able to help you if you ask.
- List skills & knowledge required. Do you have to master reading or basic math or basic wrestling skills or whatever to accomplish your goal?
- Develop a plan of action. Action or inaction makes everything happen. Write it down and do it!!!
- Set a deadline. You need a start and finish time to realize your goals…other wise you are wishing, dreaming, wasting time and running your brain in circles.
Olympic Champion and Olympic Greco-Roman Coach Steve Fraser created the AP&R form to assist his athletes in planning, executing, and reviewing goals. An adapted AP&R form can be found here: Athlete Planning & Review. For more mental skills resources, view Mental Skills Handbook.
For more information on Goals click here.
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