Over the years working with national, world class, and professional athletes I’ve noticed a cross over. What I’m referring to is the inability for the athlete to completely cross over from athlete to regular guy, for not a better word. Part of the reasoning, is due to the lack of understanding the goals of the journey.
As an athlete the goal was the byproduct, faster times, standing on the podium, winning the game, or golf tournament. What happens to the athlete is they fall back on their laurels and forget the work that they put into the sport to get them to the pinnacle of their sport.
This chapter on goals and goal setting will give you a complete understanding of the power of setting goals and appreciating them. The following steps are building a daily and life-style management program to complete the goals.
The way this system works is very simple. This is a basic equation (A+ B =C)
B=daily task list or daily plan
C=Byproducts of the hard work
The only thing you must do is do the work. As you do the work the work gets harder, and requires more from you and your support group.
Remember-(for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction).
Effective goal-setting is like a ladder, one step at a time. You start at the bottom and work your way to the top. The key is setting the rungs of the ladder perfectly spaced so you can easily attain the task (goal) or daily task or goal.
The key to setting any goal is about being honest with yourself and accurately identify what you have to improve whether we are talking sport or life.
Give me your list of what you want to improve on. What specifically you need to improve on so it can be done.
Have you heard of SMART goals?
Meaning: If we are going to climb Mt. Everest. (S) specific Good, but we have never climbed or had much experience with mountaineering, trying to do it in the next year isn’t realistic and without good planning you can’t measure your progress.
(A) Attainable may be, but not very (R) realistic or (T) timely.
An effort of this magnitude generally requires 2-3 years of training, climbing and actually climbing smaller mountains such as (Mt. Rainer/ Mt. McKinney/ so on). Let alone the time spent at 26 thousand feet of elevation, in that rarefied air the (DEAD ZONE) there and only there, can you see and feel if you and your bodies physiology can climb to 29 thousand feet. All variables must be put into place. Or you will not be successful.
Do you understand……….
Now give me your goals in a SMART format that follow the equation A + B = C
Your future depends in large part on your willingness to commit yourself to the goals of becoming the best you can be. It will take a physical, mental, and a biochemical truth of your understanding to become the best you can be.
Goal-setting; when done properly is a freeing place that becomes a very powerful tool for your personal development. Winners in life have generally mastered this skill and take these concepts with them throughout their lives.
The most brilliant understanding about your goals and your plan is the day to day struggle you will have in achieving them. This is what it is about! Some of the greatest athletes I’ve worked with still don’t get this…It is the Journey not the end point!
As you achieve each of your goals on your daily task list or daily plan you are actually
building your self-esteem, your self-image, self-confidence and become closer to your dream. This is where you become the great and the best that you can become. This is part of the secret of becoming the champion you seek.
Remember- you are never too young or too old to become the athlete you never were.
Why is systematic goal-setting so effective?
Go back to a class in school, should be easy to remember. Hopefully! Think about it.
It didn’t matter the class or subject there was/is a systematic approach to education. First the syllabus (showing short and long term goals) they were specific, they were measurable, hopefully attainable, generally realistic, and you knew when that midterm and final were.
So as you direct you attention to focus, you realize now what can be possible. It is your choose; choose to pass the class or not. Look at your life are you an A, B or C student to the journey of life. I bet you if you followed this program your grade would change for the better.
- Goals direct your attention and effort in a useful positive direction.
As you spend you day focusing on the task, your intent becomes clearer and clearer, this will permeate through your life and as deep as your cells.
As you sow, so shall you REAP
A man is what he thinks about all day long
- Working toward a specific and challenging goal makes us work harder, longer, and have the energy to complete the tasks of the plan.
There will be days, or weeks where you lose focus, having the plan and staying on course pushes you through the tough times. Also when you are in the moment(THE ZONE) you will work harder longer and not ever think twice about the work.
- As you strive towards your goal you will find or develop new and faster ways of becoming more efficient. This is what champions do. This is the brilliance of becoming that champion.
This is one of the coolest aspects of your journey, you will have a maturity, a confidence, a piece of mind that your opponent just will not have. Very few people do the work.
Think, if more people did the work there would be more at the number 1 status, but there is not. Only the best becomes number 1…
Triggers are those things that throw you into a tail-spin? You become depressed, you feel fear, you become over whelmed with the task at hand.
- What are your triggers that usually lead to your downward spiral?
2. What are the triggers that usually lead to satisfying and successful performance?
3. What completes your day after your performance?
Goals for 2013-2014
- What excites you for the year?
- What are the 5 most important goals for this you to you?
- How will I strengthen my strengths this year?
- How will you work on your weaknesses?
- How will I apply my most valuable lesions from last year?
- What relationship do I want to develop?
- What new habit will I create?
- What lasting memories will I create this year??
- How will I give back?
Living on purpose
Ask for what you want
Build excellent relationships with your support group
Create balance throughout your life
Take Decisive ACTION
Focus with INTENT and intend to focus
Your daily habits create your future
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then; is not an act,
but a habit!”
DISCIPLINE/ DEDICATION/ DETERMINATION
CONSISTENCY AND CONFIDENCE
VICTORY AND SATISFACTION
Now look at the big PICTURE>>
When you are on purpose you don’t need to seek for validation and immediate applause or approval…
How does the subconscious mind work??? The temper tantrum!
OH, yeah we will talk about your maturity level and how adolescent you can be.
Is a team of people that you have in your corner: family, friends, business associates, team mates, or anyone else who will support you and your dreams and goals and will help you be accountable for your productivity. Build the team, and importantly- those people who don’t support you in a positive light CUT them out of your life.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE…