This time of year we all think about what our goals are for the new year.
We also reflect on the previous year.
Unfortunately we often dwell too long on our failures instead of building on our successes.
While it’s good t reflect on the previous year, you have to keep your focus forward.
As we look at our goals for the new year I want you to ask yourself these 5 questions.
5 Questions for Goal Setting Success
1. Are your goals really yours?
You might be asking yourself, “Who the heck’s goals would they be?”
Well… we often do what we think we are expected to do and not always what’s important to us.
Don’t let others dictate your goals.
Search your feelings, Luke. (The new Star Wars movie was awesome.)
But seriously, be sure that you are going after the things YOU are passionate about.
2. Are your goals meaningful?
This question goes hand-in-hand with the question above.
Your goals have to excite you.
If you aren’t excited about achieving your goals then you won’t achieve them.
Goals need to mean something to you.
Something powerful that’s going to keep you working when you don’t feel like working.
They also have to be relevant to your success.
What are the things you need to improve?
What goals can you set to make sure you make those improvements?
Talk to your coach.
Have them help you figure out where you need to improve your game and the goals you can set for this year.
3. Are your goals realistic?
If you are currently running a 5.8 second 40 yard dash, setting a goal to run a 4.6 second 40 in 3 months is probably not realistic.
I don’t want to tell anyone what they can and can’t accomplish.
However, having unrealistic and unattainable goals will not help you succeed.
Set your goals high but allow yourself realistic time to achieve them.
Look at the successful players that came before you.
How do you stack up to the standard that they set.
Let that be a guide for your goal setting.
Again, your coach can help you set realistic and attainable goals.
4. Do your goals challenge you?
On the other end of the spectrum you need to make sure that you are challenged by the goals you set.
It does you no good to set goals that you can easily achieve.
You need to find that balance.
Set goals that require you to stretch to your limits.
Set goals that are just beyond your grasp.
When you achieve them, set new ones that are again just beyond your reach.
This makes me think of one of my favorite quotes.
What are you willing to do to achieve your goals?
Are you willing to learn new things and work harder than you ever have before?
You’ll have to if you want to reach challenging goals.
5. Are your goals specific and measurable?
You need to be very specific about what your goals.
What exactly do you want to achieve and by what date?
Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight this year”, or “I want to get stronger this year.”
Write down an exact weight and the exact date you will get to that weight.
“I will weight 245 pounds on September 1st, 2017.”
Write down what your 1 rep squat max will be on a specific date.
“I will squat 300 pounds on August 31st, 2017.”
The more detailed you are the more you will envision yourself achieving that goal.
That vision will drive you to succeed and any goal will become attainable.
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