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Four Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Setting Goals

Updated on April 1, 2010

Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. One of the most powerful things in his life that propelled him to greatness is his never ceasing goal-setting habits. His goal of winning 8 gold medals was widely publicized before the Olympics even started. So what is setting goals all about and how do you get started? Goal setting is the act of setting processes for accomplishment. It is the way a person positions themselves for success. It gives a person a finite direction in life. As easy as you believe goal setting might be, it is very important to do the work required before a single goal is set.

1. Understand your commitment to your sport. How much time are you willing to put into this sport, once a week, twice a week, every day?

2. Know or realize the level you want to attain within your sport. Are you doing the sport to make the high school team? Do you want to make all-conference? Do you want to get a college scholarship?

3. Know the skill set you will need to obtain and master your sport. This is vital in order to get to the level desired and the levels of performance that will be expected. Study, nothing will help you better in any goal setting. By study, you must do the following: read what you can about your sport. Watch others doing the sport on TV, from the stands, on YouTube...wherever. Listen to others analyze the athlete, the game or match and the sport. Talk to coaches and other athletes in the sport of your desire. Research, find out what athletes did to achieve what you want to achieve. Know their daily workouts, their benchmarks within training and in the sport etc. Find out as much as you can about the state champion , if you will, how fast he or she was, what type of speed and agility training they did, by contacting that person themselves or their coach.

4. Last, know where all this fits into your overall goals. If you have an idea or goal you’d like to work towards, look at it objectively to see that it fits into and will help you reach your long-term goals

So if you analyze Michael Phelps’ life, career and strategies, you will see how goal setting fit in to every aspect of his success. You will also see how he realized his goals because he started with the basic knowledge he needed in order to set those goals


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    • 3 Day-Detox profile image

      3 Day-Detox 

      8 years ago they power. Knowing the requirements of your sport and realistic expectations of yourself, combined with some discipline and consistency usually brings success.

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      8 years ago

      "commitment to your sport" is an important factor, even if you are not the best at the sport you choose, you will make a difference if you put your whole heart into it. Thanks for the info :-p


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