1. You should set goals in all your phases of life – family, spiritual, educational, career, finances, health, social, and athletic. We will focus on your volleyball goals.
2. It first starts with a DREAM - - the dream of what you can accomplish in volleyball. What is your dream? Your dream will help formulate and define some long term goal (six months to four years). Make sure that your goal is high enough – “shoot for the stars” – however temper it with a goal that you feel can be attainable and realistic.
3. Be sure that this is really – your goal! Make it something that you really want versus something which sounds good and/or that you may think your coaches or your supervisors want to hear.
4. Visualize the achievement of your goal – see it in your “mind’s eye” hundreds of times. What you will need is a positive attitude that will lead to positive images which will program a “successful achievement of your goal (goals).
5. Create a step-by-step “action-plan” from the beginning. Ask this question – “What is my goal”? “How do I get there”? Today? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? Next five years? You should work on setting the following goals:
- short-term – 1 to 2 weeks
- intermediate – 1 to 3 months
- long term – 6 months to one year
- Five year goal
- Ten year goal
6. WRITE THEM DOWN – Put all of your goals in writing. This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
- Write specifically and in detail.
- Write in positive terms, rather than negative terms. State each goal in a positive statement.
- Use action verbs.
- Use affirmations - - put them in present tense and say them out loud – “I will ________.” and “say like it has already happened.”
7. Put a time limit on all of your goals. Set a deadline.
8. Be precise. Set a precise goal, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement.
9. Keep a log and check each item off –YES, if obtained; NO, if not obtained.
10. Prioritize your goals. When you have several goals, give each a priority.
11. Set performance goals, not outcome goals.
12. Set goals over which you have as much control as possible.
13. Be public with your goals.
14. Commit to your goals. You must make a commitment to work very hard to achieve your goals knowing that there will be obstacles and setbacks.
15. You must realize that any goal is a risk and challenge - - you are risking failure, creating new challenges & problems, etc. Also, understand that mistakes and hard work are all part of the “process” - - so learn from your mistakes.
16. Building and gaining self-confidence are directly correlated to achieving your goals.
17. Reviewing your goals daily is a crucial part of your success and must become part of your routine. Every day review your list of goals and your action plan (day-by-day objectives).
18. Knowledge minus action equals nothing! K – A = 0
Article written by Terry Liskevych Head Coach Oregon State University