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Goal setting 101

January 3, 2017

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a great holiday break and a Happy New Year!

As you know, the first week of the year is usually when we try to see if we can stick with our New Year resolutions. It’s quite a tall task, especially if you’re trying to break or change an old habit. A new year generally means a new set of goals, views, and such. Here are some of the basic tips that will help you set great goals and improve yourself as a student-athlete.

Start small.

The climb to the top of Mount Everest can’t be done with a single step…unless you’re Superman, which would be cool. Big dreams and goals aren’t achieved overnight for most part. Many successful people would use small goals with lower standard to build incredible momentum to start the year. What that means is that you come up with a very simple, manageable goal, and then you absolutely obliterate it. The feeling of achieving a goal is always a wonderful one, so use that as a momentum. Keep smashing the simple goals, and then slowly bring the bar up as well as your own standards. It’ll give you a running start on “the climb to the top”.

Establish a new routine and stick with it.

If you’re trying to work towards a new lifestyle, developing a routine will help build good habits (if done correctly). You’ll have to make conscious changes in whatever you do. For example, I just did two separate soda-less years. I went a full year without drinking soda, and what I did was that I had to consciously decline soda, switch it out with something else. After a few months, it became a routine to me. It wasn’t easy, and it requires some patience and self-control.

Talk about them.

As weird as that might have sounded—it’s a good thing to talk about your dreams, goals and resolutions around your peers. You’ll keep them in the front of your mind instead of letting them slip away. This will mean you’ll become more accountable, because your peers are going to make sure of it. You’ll want to back up what you say with your actions.

I hope you found this to be helpful. Have a great 2017! There are big things coming up for the RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program!