Mind Over Sport with Coach Nye…
I have been speaking of ‘Goal Getting’ and ‘Goal Planning’ this week with our members in the Mind Over Sport Academy and I thought I would share with the rest of you as well on what it really takes to put your goals into action!
Once you’ve set your goals and sub goals the next step is to put your goals into action. It’s likely that having your goals broken down into smaller steps, or sub goals, will make it a lot easier for you to achieve your goals in the long-run.
Simply but not always easy to do…..let me explain.
Develop a plan of action.
Write a step-by-step plan for achieving your sub goals, and ultimately your main goal. This includes planning deadlines for each sub goal and writing down all the “nitty-gritty” small things you can do today, tomorrow, and later on this week in order to achieve your goal and sub goals.
Lets look at this Case Study for example.
Case study: Liam’s plan of action
My goal: To be a competent soccer player within one year.
How I will benefit from achieving this goal?
- I love soccer. I will enjoy it.
- It will help me stay fit.
- It’s sociable, and something I can do with my friends.
- It’s a skill, and mastering it would give me a sense of achievement.
Sub goals (specific steps to achieve this goal), plus target dates for each step
- Ask mom and dad to pay for new cleats as part of my birthday present. Target date: tonight.
- Join a local soccer team. Target date: by Tuesday, May 2.
- Practice with Dan (my brother) who is good at soccer, and get him to give me some tips. Target date: regularly, starting May 4.
- Play at least three times a week (at least two afternoons after school, and once on the weekend). Target date: Starting May 24.
The nitty-gritty (things I need to do this week)
- Talk to mom and dad about cleats.
- Talk to Dan about practicing with him.
- Call the local team coach and find out about membership.
- Sign up for the team by Friday of next week.
- Tell Nick and Steve that I want to join them when they play pick up games on Mondays and Fridays once I’ve got my cleats.
Now You Give it a try
Choose something that you would like to achieve. Describe it as a specific goal, and include a deadline for its achievement.
Identify the obstacles.
Once you’ve defined your goals and worked out sub goals and a plan of action, you’re well on your way. But keep in mind that it’s not always smooth sailing from here.
Sometimes, in spite of the best intentions and thorough planning, obstacles get in the way. Obstacles are the things that can stop you from getting what you want. They can be practical problems like lack of time, or psychological blocks, like fear of failure.
Obstacles don’t necessarily stop you from achieving your goals, but they present a roadblock. They challenge you to devise strategies to overcome them.
It’s often helpful to anticipate any obstacles that are likely to arise while you are working toward your goals, and to plan out how you can deal with them.
Attaining your goals:
Focus on the rewards
You might feel motivated if you focus on rewards rather than the pain involved in achieving your goals. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to write down all the benefits you hope to gain.
Try to think laterally when you write your list. Besides the direct benefits of getting what you want, you might also feel the additional satisfaction of being in control, which can increase your self-worth and self-confidence.
Many people know the benefits of visualizing their goals—it’s a technique that many elite athletes use. Focusing on the image of swimming, or running or winning in front of a cheering crowd helps many athletes stay motivated while they’re in training. In a similar way, you can create an image of the things that you want to achieve and use it for inspiration.
Be flexible. There’s never just one way to achieve something. Have multiple options in mind to achieve your goals. It’s important not to put all your eggs into one basket. Investigate and plan other ways to get to where you want to get, whether it’s a college degree, job or vacation.
Get support. It’s important to reach out and get support from others who can help you achieve your goals. This could be practical support from teachers or coaches, or moral support, from those like friends and family.
Try it out
Setting goals can keep you focused and motivated, and can increase your chances of getting the things you want. You can set goals for different areas of your life, such as your career, lifestyle, friendships, attitudes, interests and health.
In order to achieve your goals, you’ll need to clearly define what you want; set sub-goals that you’ll need to achieve along the way, and follow through a step-by-step plan of action.
Perhaps people fail to achieve goals because various obstacles get in the way. Obstacles can be psychological (like boredom or a lack of motivation) or they can be practical problems (like not having enough time, money or support). When setting goals, it’s important to consider the potential obstacles and work out a plan to overcome them.
Until next time.
About the Author
With years of experience in sports and business – from sweeping the floors when starting off in business, to coaching a very successful National Championship hockey team and then managing other hockey teams along the way – the Coach has seen it all!
Coach Nye is the founder and CEO of Mind Over Sport (www.CoachingMindOverSport.com), a world wide leader in effective mental fitness/toughness training, leadership, stress management training and life coaching. Since being involved in the sport of hockey, Coach Nye has trained numerous players to the professional level and continues to this day to connect with them and many others to help them through different stages in their playing careers. Coach Nye has created his own weekly podcast show, Mind Over Sport Podcast Show with Coach Nye with over thousands of followers and listeners. While also working with great organizations such as Womens Hockey Life, The Coaches Site, My Pro Hero, Weiss Tech Hockey Magazine and Changing the Game Project. He currently resides in Lucan, Ontario Canada.