With all the talk this past week of “New Year’s Resolutions” I really got to thinking about a system for setting a goal for the entire year and having 100% success with achieving it. Here are some observations I’ve made about “Why Resolutions Don’t Work”
1. Too unspecific: starting the year with a resolution to lose weight is a recipe for failure. You need to be specific with how much weight you want to lose, when you want to lose it, why you want to lose it etc.
2. Too far away: setting a goal for the entire year is not bad in itself but if you don’t break it down into smaller goals with their own individual deadlines it becomes too large of a task or worse you may feel like you have all the time in the world to achieve the goals and end up procrastinating and not achieving any of them.
3. Only solves a tiny problem: setting a resolution like, “I won’t drink soda all year” is great……for a 1 month goal. After that point it should be a habit and you should then be focusing on the next new habit. So instead of one new good habit for the entire year you now have 12.
4. Do or die: most people set out to do a resolution and end up quitting at the first sign of trouble. “Don’t drink soda for a year” works for a while until that party comes up that you have a soda and then you go, “damn I ruined my resolution!” Oh well I guess I can have soda now.” 80% of the time is better than 0% of the time. Stick to something and realize you’re not going to be perfect.
5. Resolution boredom: focusing on one singular goal for an entire year is extremely boring.
6. No Carrot: most people don’t establish the real reason behind their goal. You set a goal to not drink soda for a year. Why? To lose weight. Why? Seriously! There are plenty of fat people that don’t care they are fat. Why is it a problem for you and why is it important for you to change?
7. No stick: Lastly, the big one is that nobody sets a consequence for their resolution. Establish what will happen if you don’t achieve your goal and share that with 5 people who will hold you accountable if you fail.
Example: “I want to improve my vertical jump in the next year because I can’t jump over a piece of paper and if I don’t reach this goal I have to take my trainer Rich out to a fancy dinner at his favorite restaurant.”
Now that is a resolution. Keep your eye out for an e-mail from me Monday, I’ve got something special for you 😉
First of all I want to take this time to wish all of my Elite Basketball Training Family a Happy and Healthy New Year. I look forward to continuing to provide you with the tools to elevate your game and become ELITE. At the end of each year, I always try to come up with some sort of motivation to take your game to the next level, and this year is no different. However, instead of proposing some hypotheticals of what you can become, I decided to show you what people have become in 2012 with my Best of 2012: Basketball Training Videos. This is a compilation basketball skill development and sports performance training videos taken from this year. Use them as a learning tool and a source of motivation to become the best basketball player you can in 2013.
1. Two Ball Dance
In this drill by Elite Basketball Training the player is working on his ability to change directions by chasing down basketballs thrown in various directions by teammates.
2. First Step Resistance Band Training
Rich Stoner of Elite basketball shows how to use resistance bands to increase performance.
3. Back Foot Finishing
Rich Stoner of Elite Basketball talks about how Allen Iverson learned how to finish at the basket, despite his small size, using his back foot as an anchor, draw contact and not get blocked.
4. Touch Spot Shooting Drill
Rich Stoner of Elite Basketball Training teaches a shooting drill at one of Elite’s training sessions where the players shoot out of three separate cuts within the half court.
5. Bodyweight Exercises for Youth Basketball Players
This is a compilation of body weight exercises that I use frequently as a basis for the development of youth basketball players.
hope you had an awesome Christmas. I spent mine with my family in New Jersey. It was nice to see a lot of them who I don’t get to see that often.
Real quick I have 6 spots left for you and your friends to start in each of my Skill Development and Sports Performance workouts at $20/month less than everyone who waits until new years after our annual price hike.
Worth a shot right? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Let me know if you’re ready to take advantage of Elite Basketball Training’s new Referrel Rewards Program. I don’t want you to miss out and be another “New Year’s Resolution-er”.
A couple of days ago I sent out an e-mail to you and some of my other friends and clients asking if there were any questions you had that I could I could help with or answer.
The response was insane! I feel so blessed to have so many people that believe in me and trust me to give sound advice.
The three biggest questions I received were:
1. How can I improve my jump shot?
2. How can I improve my vertical jump?
2. Will I be taking on any more clients before the New Year?
Well I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that I have room in my Elite Basketball Training and Elite Sports Performance groups for about 15 people.
The bad news is that On January 2nd we will be increasing our prices for members by $20-$40 a month on all packages. We do this every year to keep out anyone who is not serious about getting results and also because we are constantly improving our program and want to make our current members feel special for starting when they did.
But you can still get access to our program now for $20-$40 a month less than what people will pay later who procrastinated to get the skills and athleticism they really want. All you have to do is join our Referral Rewards Program. Joining this program will allow you to bring one NEW friend per month (free of charge) to experience our awesome programs and it will keep you in the same price range from 2012.
Now chances are that if you’re reading this e-mail than you’re most likely an action taker who doesn’t use the holidays as an excuse to not be happy with your basketball training. So go ahead and just shoot me an email back saying you want in and I’ll get you signed up for our Referral Rewards Program.