As you watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, whether you are with friends or family celebrating the holiday, it’s almost impossible not to reflect upon 2016 and look ahead to 2017. Maybe you think you could push yourself harder in the New Year, or you think you could become much stronger in the weight room, maybe even make the step from junior varsity to varsity? The possibilities are endless for an athlete that creates the right mindset heading into another season.
Although some athletes may excel at setting and achieving their own individual goals, many struggle to set realistic goals for themselves year in and year out. With some help from our friends at Stack.com, we put together a blog to better help you manage and achieve your goals in 2017.
When you are trying to set goals for the year ahead a lot of things can get in your way. They can be minor setbacks or major issues, but if you set your goals properly you can avoid these obstacles. Here is a list of Stacks four obstacles to better goal setting:
- Focusing on one overly specific goal
- Goal isn’t specific enough
- Unrealistic time expectations
- Goals are simply too challenging
To read more about each individual obstacle and to see solutions for each, read stacks full article here.
How to set better goals
Clearly, setting realistic goals as a young athlete can have its challenges. You want to set the bar high for yourself and take bigger strides each and every year, but sometimes these high standards can be too much. Along with this, many times as an athlete you are on your own to set goals, as your coaches don’t have the time in practice to help everyone individually plan ahead.
To set strong goals you need to focus on your future and not look back at the past. Make sure your goals are both short term and long term so you are always chasing something, rather than taking your foot off of the gas at times. If you set reachable goals for yourself before every season and achieve them, you will only continue to build your confidence level.
Below is a list of steps that you as the athlete can use to help you better set your own personal goals, or that your coach can use to individually set goals with everyone on your team:
- List what you want to accomplish.
- Define why you want to do this.
- Define how you will accomplish this.
- Clarify what doesn’t help you.
- Sign your summary statement.
- Tape to your wall and read every day.
To read more about each individual step in this goal setting exercise, read the full article on stack.com.
Motivation is key when it comes to getting yourself to set goals each and every season. Many athletes struggle to find the motivation needed to create goals for themselves and achieve them. Goal setting is all about will power and overcoming obstacles to achieve what you want. Take a look into athletic trainer Travelle Gaines’ blog on motivation factors within to learn how to better stay consistently motivated.
What will you do to become a better athlete in 2017? How will you step up your game and challenge yourself each and every day? Tweet us @Eastbay and tell us some of the goals you are making for your athletic endeavors in the New Year.