Celebrating the new year got me thinking that this needs to be the year where excuses go to die. How many times have you said to yourself that you would do something to improve yourself as an athlete, but in the end came up with some reason not to. I should be working on my jumpshot right now but my friends are having a Guitar Hero Competition. I don’t need to work on my ball-handling because I already worked on my jumper today. I can’t lift because I don’t have a membership to the gym. I wish I had more time to devote to practice, but I have to watch my television shows. The list can go on forever, but I say that this year, you put an end to that list and become the player…the athlete that you always wanted to be. Last time I checked, Guitar Hero (albeit a great game) is not going to pay the impending $130,000 college tuition bill. However, a scholarship for basketball, or football, or soccer, or whatever sport you choose, will. So, in 2009, set some goals for yourself.
Goal setting is one of the most important steps in your quest to become a great athlete. You need to know what it is that you are trying to attain and goal setting will help clarify that for you. When setting goals, make sure to set short term goals and long term goals. Your short term goals should be goals that are easily attainable; something that motivates you to strive for your long term goals. Long term goals can be your end result, whether it be starting in the next game, or earning a college scholarship. Post these goals in places that you will see every day. These places can include your desk in your room, your refrigerator, your locker at school…wherever, just make them visible. This type of visibility will serve as a constant reminder of what you are striving for. Now that your goals are set and visible, set out to accomplish them. Finally, become disciplined enough to set aside the time to do the necessary things that will make those goals a reality.
Prioritize your actions this year based on your goals. Make training for your sport your top priority and move the excuses like Guitar Hero and One Tree Hill down the list. In doing so, you WILL make 2009 the year where excuses go to die.