Where are you heading? Now there’re goals and then there’s clearly defined goals. The difference is in the specifics.
Goals are important if you are serious about your sports performance. Often I’ll hear about numbers, levels of achievement and a variety of generalities. And I feel something is better than nothing.
Well, I want you to feel excitement about where you’re heading. Whether you’re just beginning to compete, moving up in ranks or performing at a serious professional level, I want you to form a single-minded intention.
Athletes always ask me “how to get the most out of goals.” And too often I hear about SMART goals. I’ve got to tell you SMART goals are okay, they’re better than nothing, but they’re really BORING!
I’ve never seen anyone get really excited about a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely goal. Elite athletes are challenge driven. That’s why we compete. So how can you get really motivated if you know it’s attainable?
Let’s dump the SMART goals. Let’s lead with your vision to move beyond your comfort zone. My chief aim is to inspire you to stretch yourself. Your really BIG vision leads to breakthrough sports performance.
Now you’re not going to know all the steps needed to reach your goal. There’s a reason for that. You’ve never played at that level before so there’s some things you won’t be able to anticipate ahead of time. Let’s be okay with that.
Take the time to design your strategy. Even though you may not know all the steps necessary to fully realize your vision you do need to architect a strategy.
Use these steps to develop your strategy for reaching your vision:
- Skill set. What skills do you need?
- Slash. What do you need to stop doing or to change?
- Schedule. Make the time to train.
- Stay the course. Even when it’s tough stay consistent, working your plan.
- Support. Who can help you get there?
Once you know what you’re aiming for see if it gets a high grade on your desire for success scale. Rate it from 0 to 10. It’s important you be brutally honest with yourself about how hungry you are to take on this challenge. A powerful desire for success is going to be your driving force. It’ll be the dominating thought in your consciousness. Consciously, and subconsciously, you’ll constantly be on alert for information and knowledge to achieve your purpose.
Don’t limit your vision to sports performance alone. Setting BIG goals is a lifestyle decision. There’s nothing quite as sweet as finally fulfilling your vision.
Challenge: Now it’s your turn. Consider where you are now. Reflect on where you want to be. Consider how lifestyle choices fit in with your sports performance goals. Craft a vivid, singular defined purpose as your destination.