I have had a busy month of workshops working with students from across the country. Coaches often ask me to talk about goal setting and the process required to reach a goal. I am often surprised by how few teams and students fail to set goals for the season, both individually and collectively. Without a vision, a goal, how do you know where and who you want to be? The fifth Principle of Success: Let Your Dreams Scare You!
I firmly believe teams and students alike must set goals for what they want to accomplish. You must be able to see where you want to go! Do you visualize having success? Do you visualize being a state champion? Do you visualize being a national champion? Regardless of your goal, elite competitors visualize having success. You must see where you want to be.
When setting a goal, make sure you are stretching your perceived limits. DREAMS SHOULD SCARE YOU! This means knowing the difference between a goal and an expectation. Expectation is what you have accomplished in the past. If you qualified for the state tournament the previous season, the expectation is to qualify again this season. A goal stretches you beyond your expectation. The goal would be to make the state final round. Your goal should exceed expectations.
When setting a competitive goal, it should be measurable and concrete. “Having fun” is not a competitive goal. Be as specific as possible. It is easy to be mediocre. Roughly 2% of the population has the mindset to be great! If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough!
Be the 2%!