However, every major corporation sets goals. Every government sets goals. Every builder who builds has a blue print. Every banker has a written contract on how the borrower is going to pay back each loan. But among individuals, only the super successful even bother to set personal goals and plan their work.
Are our goals just a pipe dream? Are our goals set too high to not high enough? There is a 10 step process you can use to set you goals just right:
1. Decide what you want.
State you goal in the present tense.
Ex. “I am a state Champion”
2. Decide when you want it.
Ex. “March 2014”
3. List the pay-value.
Why do you want the goal? This is the most important step. What is your PURPOSE? Is it sincere? Is it powerful enough to motivate you to reach beyond you potential?
Ex. “Through being successful in wrestling I will improve my character and become a better person. With a state championship under my belt I will be able wrestle in college, get an education, and become a productive member of society.”
4. Determine the obstacles in your way.
What must you do to reach your goals? Habits, attitudes, etc.
Ex. I need to improve in the following areas: Strength/conditioning, technique, mental game.
5. What is your plan to reach your goal?
The biggest difference between a wish and a goal is that a goal has a written plan. What do you have to do to overcome the obstacles in your way?
Ex. Strength – I train at The Functional Athlete 2x a week to improve in this area.
Technique – I attend every Beebe Trained practice and clinic and learn every day.
Mental Game – I attend the Champions Huddle a Beebe Trained every Sunday and I study the mental game like it is my most important class.
6. Ask yourself: “Is the prize worth the pay?”
7. Schedule you plan.
Gather the necessary resources, schedule your workouts, etc.
8. Start now!
Don’t delay. Put out high quality effort, consistently over time, and you can do anything.
9. Never reach a goal without fist setting another one.
To add to this one, I would say, don’t be afraid to alter your goal if need be, as long as the purpose of achieving that goal stays the same. For example, if your goal was to be a state place winner and you go out and beat a state champ, maybe you need to adjust you goal.
10. Never, ever, ever, ever quit!!!!
Lastly, take all of these steps and put them together to develop a “Directive Affirmation.”
Ex. March 2014. I am a State Champion. I attend all Beebe Trained practices and train strength and conditioning 2x a week. I study the mental game like it is my most important class and attend all Champion’s Huddles. Through being successful in wrestling I will improve my character and become a better person. With a state championship under my belt I will be able wrestle in college, get an education, and become a productive member of society. I am a State Champion!
Write your Directive Affirmation on 3 note card and strategically place the card in 3 places that you know you will see them every day. When you see the card throughout the day, stop and read it to yourself. Only one of two things can happen; you will achieve your goal, or you will stop trying.
The above are excerpts from the book With Winning in Mind by Lanny Bassham – this book changed my life. It was introduced to me by a man that had a big impact on me. He is a warrior, a Marine, a Vietnam vet, and my mentor while I was at Purdue - Lou Famiano.
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