It’s the beginning of the year, and softball season is around the corner. It’s time to start practicing and getting ready! But before you pick up the ball, sit down and think about what you want accomplish. Goal setting is very important in becoming a successful softball player.
I like to use the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting format, because it really helps define exactly what you want to accomplish and gives you a better idea of how to get there. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
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Here’s the break down:
Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Become a better pitcher.” But a specific goal would be, “Master the curve ball spin and practice 3 days a week with Dad in the backyard.”
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. (I can help you with this if you’re stuck!)
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Relevant – Is your goal worth working hard to accomplish? Goals should be relevant to the direction you want to take in your softball career. You may be involved in other sports and want to excel in them, but your softball goals should only be about SOFTBALL. Furthermore, if you are setting goals about pitching, try to stay away from some of the other positions you play. Or keep your goals offense or defense based. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to learn how to throw a rise ball, when do you want to feel comfortable throwing it in a game? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by the beginning of summer season”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
So… what are your goals? Write them down and put them somewhere you’ll see them often. You can even make copies and put them in lots of places. I like to have one on my bathroom mirror, in the car, and by my computer.
Use the worksheet! S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet