If you are a sports fanatic, then reaching a goal is not just about hitting a 3 pointer. In fact, recent studies have shown that sports psychology addresses the importance of setting goals in the competitive arena, giving players a direct focus towards obtainable results.
Setting specific goals based on a timeline has many uses. Businesses run by setting goals. Individuals chase their dreams and goals on a daily basis. So why not incorporate this highly effective method into sports?
Goal Changing is Fluid
One of the first things to keep in mind when planning a goal is that life will always throw you a curve ball. That means you have to be able to quickly adapt to the changing environment and how your goal was original set.
Being able to take a look at your progress and readjust your focus are all standard practices when planning. Don’t get down if you fall short of your goal, instead, learn to adjust and go with the flow.
Coach Mentorship is Key
Having the right coach in your corner can make all the difference in the world. Players who have a supportive and encouraging coach will perform better than players who do not have a stable relationship.
Coaches must be able to work directly with their players to understand their personal goals, offer guidance on their performance, and help them set attainable benchmarks when planning their future.
Planning Takes Practice
Planning takes practice, a lot of practice. Setting a goal through planning means one should explore all the possibilities, including success and failure.
Determine the best course of action for a particular moment in time, and learn from others who may have taken a similar path.
Self-Awareness is Mandatory
Half the battle is just learning to be aware of your performance and areas of improvement. While it’s helpful for your coach to point out your mistakes, seeing them first hand and recognizing them on your own is much more effective at correcting the problem.
Frequently assessing your performance is another great way to check your self-awareness. Take time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Identify areas that you have made a significant improvement.
Planning your goals is not complicated if you follow these basic guidelines. Simply deciding that you want to set a goal is the first step in planning. Work with your mentor, fellow teammates and others who share similar goals, team up to create a friendly competition to help boost your morale and keep you focused on your result.
Remember that goals are always changing, and as you change, so will your current strengths and weaknesses. Goal planning is a never-ending process for those seeking perfection, so be prepared to saddle in and go for a ride.
Introducing a charitable cause to your goal setting will layer on an extrinsic motivation – if you reach your goals Play Better will reward you with a small donation towards what you care about in your community – over time your cause or “extrinsic motivation” will be internalised and become inherently an intrinsic motivation. That’s the real magic ! And we aim to prove this model out over the next few months.
Playing for something bigger than the game itself will shift your personal goal setting strategies.
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