Goal setting is a crucial part of any athletic journey, it aids in maintaining motivation, keeping an athlete focused and most importantly allowing PERSPECTIVE. Perspective is a bit of a buzz word that is thrown around but when used appropriately can be the difference between a junior athlete transitioning to the senior ranks and quitting at age 18. Young athletes have a lot going on in their lives and as training load concurrently develops with high school pressure goal setting is a healthy way to allow them to move forward without getting overwhelmed. Athletes, especially junior athletes are very good at setting long term goals. However, when it comes down to setting process goals along the way they commonly forget about the journey and only see the destination. So instead of celebrating that 0.23 second personal best they are focused on the fact they didn’t hit that long-term goal. Over time the weight of expectation from themselves will eventually cause them to drop out of the sport. Let’s be honest here, most athletes are that overachieving type A personality so anything less then their absolute best is often just not good enough. So it’s important to find some healthy ways to keep things in PERSPECTIVE (buzz word) and maintain a balanced emotional state as their career progresses. If my time as an athlete has taught me anything it’s that having the right influencers in your life is the difference between achieving your goals and emotional chaos! So, here are my top 5 tips when it comes to being the best version of yourself on your way to your goals!
- GOAL SETTING – Now when I say goal setting I don’t just mean physical goals. You can set emotional/mental goals as well. In my role as an exercise physiologist we use S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely). However, as an athlete setting these kind of specific and measurable goals can be quite scary. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Put yourself out there, set big scary goals and know that if you don’t meet them you are not a failure, but the best version of yourself for having the courage to go after what you want!