September 24, 2012 | Dr. Ashley Samson
Are you confused about how to focus your training to achieve results? You know that setting goals, a popular sport psychology practice, is used by hundreds of athletes to drive gains in performance. But how does it work and what specifics should your goals include to make them fit your individual needs?
It's like, if your coach sends you to the weight room with no plan or directions, you'll wonder about what to work on. On the other hand, if your coach tells you to try to bench press 100 pounds, you would focus on trying to meet the goal. Goal setting is meant to help you to focus on the important parts of a skill. (Develop your brain game.)
So, how do you make a goal setting part of your plan to reach your peak athletic potential? Here are some tips to help you:
- Set specific goals with a timeline: "I want to increase my bench press max by 10 pounds in the next two months."
- Set difficult but realistic goals: You want your goals to be achievable, but make sure to challenge yourself.
- Plan out your goals: Set long-term goals first, then set short-term goals that will help you reach your long-term goals.
- Write your goals down: Write them on a piece of paper and post them where you will see them every day. Maybe stick them on the bathroom mirror.
- Develop strategies for your process goals: If one of your short-term goals is to run three mornings a week, strategize about how you will make sure to get everything ready the night before so that you can wake up early.
- Tell other people: Telling other people about your goals is a motivator, because they will keep you on track and hold you accountable.