Sports Psychology Goal Setting

What we can learn from sports psychology goal setting

What significant step will you make today? Tomorrow?

I studied sports psychology goal setting at university. It is unsurprising that so much goal setting work has been done in sports psychology. All professional sports people set goals.

Here you will take aspects of goal setting in sports and improve your own goal setting ability.

You name it, whether it is athletics, tennis, football, or curling, I assure you goal setting will be part of any top sports person's regime. 

So how is this relevant to us not-so-average joe's?

Well in my opinion we ARE all professional sports people. Our sport is whatever we want to achieve.

A sport is fun, it is an enjoyable challenge. This is the attitude I would like us to transfer to our own dreams and life.

You see, I think life is no different. Life is also a game. It is also a challenge. Maybe sometimes we don't see it that way, maybe it doesn't seem fun. I think it pays to see life like a kind of sport.

One of the best ways I think we can view our time here is as if it is some sort of game, and we are a performer. 

Or like we are the main character in a movie or a novel filled with many interesting scenes. 

Making life fun

Life can be fun with goals. It is not all hard work and pressure. It doesn't have to feel in the slightest bit heavy. Sports psychology goal setting shows us this.

Professional sports people set goals in training and during competition which gives them somewhere to focus on and to gravitate towards which in the long run assists their improvement. This doesn't mean they are constantly thinking of their goal.

To set a goal is to create a new possibility

They still take it easy, perhaps watch TV, and have enjoyable meals with friends. They do all sorts of fun things. I guess I'm trying to say that setting a goal doesn't have to be restrictive.  

A goal operates in the background, in the subconscious.  

Maybe once a day or even once a week you look at the goals you hope to achieve this year.

This means you are more likely to say to yourself, maybe tomorrow I will try A, B, or C.

Or... Oh yea that cool guy I was having dinner with last night might know about A, B, or C and may be able to help. I could contact him.

The point is your normal life will continue as normal, and in the background is the goal. The fact that this goal is in the background means reading the newspaper becomes an opportunity, having dinner with a friend becomes an opportunity, watching TV becomes an opportunity. Everything becomes an opportunity to step closer to what you really want. 

There is a lot to be learnt from sports psychology goal setting. Can your life be like a sport?

So what can you do right this second to get started? 

1. Simply write down something you want to do, or some result you want to see.
2. Write down when you want to do it or see it by.
3. Check that it can be measured so you know when you have completed it.
4. Stick it up somewhere you see it every day and can't miss it.
5. Enjoy the motivation you have just created and let me know how it goes in the comments :-)

Happy Wise Goal Setting!

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