The Power of Accountability: Setting and Reaching Goals | STACK
X

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

The Power of Accountability: Setting and Reaching Goals

June 1, 2012

The toughest thing about being successful is actually coming up with a plan—a.k.a. setting goals. Once your plan is set, it’s all about following specific directions to get what you want out of your summer. Short-term goals will help you accomplish long-term goals. As you go through your athletic career, you will make adjustments to your plan. It will never be perfect, but you will have points of reference along the way.

Here are three ways to make sure you achieve your offseason goals.

Visualize Often

One thing I did every day of every summer during my time at Penn State was to visualize my goals. This kept me motivated and focused. When your eyes are fixed on the prize, your priorities fall right into order. You have to ask yourself what you want to accomplish over the summer. Be honest, which is sometimes tough to do at any age, but especially when you’re young.

Find Someone You Trust

One way to stay on track toward achieving your goals is to have a person you trust hold you accountable. I advise choosing someone who is not a parent, because you want to be reminded of goals, not scolded for immature decisions. Use a friend, teammate, counselor or one of your coaches. You want truthful and unbiased opinions, and your parents may be unable to provide them. Have your trusted person remind you of why you’re training and what you hope to achieve. Have him or her ask you if you got better every day. My person was my brother. I talked with him every day on the phone, and he spent as many weekends as he could afford traveling to Penn State to spend time with me. I also had an academic adviser in the College of Communications who held me accountable academically. If my grades slipped, I got an email and/or a call. Both people kept me on point.

Keep Things in Balance

Now, this is not an easy thing to do. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks and obstacles to overcome. I’m not saying don’t have fun, because, trust me, I had my share of fun in the summertime; but make sure to keep your eyes on your summer goals and ultimate goals, whatever they may be. Sometimes as a young man or woman in the boring days of summer, your vision can appear far off. Don’t let it drift away.

Michael Robinson
- Michael Robinson is a six-year NFL veteran and Pro Bowl fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. He hosts "The Real Robinson Report," a sports show delivered...
Michael Robinson
- Michael Robinson is a six-year NFL veteran and Pro Bowl fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. He hosts "The Real Robinson Report," a sports show delivered...
Must See
Colin Kaepernick Explains His Ridiculous Socks
Views: 21,653,048
Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,305,124
Dashon Goldson: "You Just Gotta Have Heart"
Views: 2,169,569

Featured Videos

Quest for the Ring: University of Kentucky Views: 147,463
Add Core Power for Basketball With Damian Lillard's Med Ball Throws Views: 4,254,658
Path to the Pros 2015: The Journey Begins Views: 23,946
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

5 NFL Players Who Were Never Supposed to Win Starting Jobs

8 Star Athletes Who Had to Walk On to Their College Teams

Preparation Nation: Crespi Carmelite Celts

7 Reasons to See

Become Task-Oriented and Good Outcomes Will Follow

What's the Most Effective Coaching Style?

Travis Kelce Could Be the Next Big Thing in the NFL

Preparation Nation: Santa Monica Vikings

Southlake Carroll Personifies Enduring State of Texas Football

How Getting Cut Taught Me The Meaning of Hard Work

Preparation Nation: Bishop Gorman Basketball

Preparation Nation: Pulaski Academy Bruins

Teach Your Athletes How to Set Goals

6 Skinny Pro Athletes Who Dominate Their Sport

Preparation Nation: Sierra Canyon Basketball

The Hustle Stat: Aspects of Your Game that Catch the NBA's Eye

5 Turkey Bowl Pre-Game Pep Talks, Cheers and Chants

8 Insanely Tough Displays of Athlete Perseverance

The Secret to Coaching an Ace Softball Pitcher

3 Personality Traits for Creating a Winning Team Culture

10 Ways to Earn More Playing Time This Season

Why You Need to Play Your Own Game

Preparation Nation: Servite Friars

How to Motivate Athletes to Train on Their Own

Preparation Nation: Carter Cowboys

Craig Breslow

How to Learn Pull-Ups (Or Anything Else for That Matter)

Workout Motivation: Principles for Training Like a Champion

Video Documents Man's Journey to 600-Pound Squat

Losing Fat: How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

Franco Harris

4 Excuses Elite Athletes Never Make

WATCH: How 3 College Football Teams Make Workouts a Blast

How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions

7 Inspirational Athletes and Coaches Who Stand Tall