Goal Setting


High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. In the long run, you'll always hit what you aim at. So why not aim high?

Your limits are nearly all in your mind. What you envision you can do, you can do if you set a goal and work daily towards it. Start thinking of yourself as a great athlete. Success is a state of mind.

Believe in yourself. Know in your heart, that you can do the job you've set out to do.

Think BIG. Set Big Goals.

Your long term goal(s) may be to make it to the professional level or to make the starting line up of your current team. Short-term goals should be set daily or weekly and should lead you closer to achieving your long-term goals. Each short-term goal must have action steps. They describe the steps that need to be taken to accomplish the short-term goal. Here is an example of a goal setting plan including long term and intermediate goals plus the short-term goals and their action steps.

Long Term Goal I will be a starting (position) on my current team.

Intermediate Goal - I will report to pre-season practice in excellent physical shape.  I will run the 40yd dash in 4.35.  I will bench press 300.  I will run a mile in 5:15.  (set specific measurable goals)

Short-term Goal - I will improve my lower and upper body strength.

Action Step 1 - I will follow my weight training program in my summer manual.

Action Step 2 - I will complete my exercise routines on the lower body lifting days.

Action Step 3 - I will complete my exercise routines on the upper body lifting days.

Some important points to remember when setting your goals and assessing your progress.

The following page is your weekly goal setting journal. Make yourself 14 copies, one for each week of the summer. Write down the week number and your goal(s) for that week. Fill in the action steps you will need to take each day to help you accomplish your goal(s). Evaluate your progress at the end of each week, and make necessary adjustments to your plan.

Success is yours if you want it bad enough, and are willing to pay the price. Set your goals high! You are capable of being extraordinary. Believe it, and achieve it!