Goal Setting for Coaches


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Part of coaching is dreaming big. But it’s not enough to just hope for the best. When you set goals for yourself and your team, there are a number of steps you can take to turn these goals into reality. An article on CoachesTrainingBlog.com is a detailed checklist that will help you achieve your aspirations and get on the path to success.

1. Clarify the goal

When setting goals for the future, it can be easy to leave them as vague and undefined. But this allows for too much wiggle room and doesn’t provide a tangible way to measure your efforts. Start by setting an objective that is measurable. In order to know that you and your team have reached the goal, there needs to be a quantitative way to assess progress. By making a goal clear and identifiable, you are one step closer to making it a reality.

2. Make the goal real

Imagination is just as powerful as reality. Imagine in detail what it will feel like when you reach your goal. Think about where you will, who will be there, and what the moment will look like. Use all five senses to set the scene and truly visualize yourself achieving success. Then use this as constant motivation to keep moving forward and working as hard as you can. Before you can get where you want to be, you have to believe in your ability to get there.

3. Strategize action steps

Once you have a clear and measurable goal in place, it’s time to develop a detailed plan to help you get there. Start by thinking about the first steps you have to take to get on the right path. These may be small but are necessary before you can start taking leaps forward. It may be helpful to think about your ultimate goal and then work backwards to identify all the steps you will have to take to get there. Each action, no matter how big or small, difficult or easy, frustrating or enjoyable, should be treated as equally important.

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4. Strategize accountability

It’s essential that you hold yourself and those around you accountable. This means setting a standard and sticking to it. As a coach, this often requires leading by example and showing your staff and your athletes what it means to pursue a goal and treat everyday as a chance to grow and get close to achieving success. Everyone should be held to the same standard, no matter their contribution or talent level. By staying committed to a goal and to those around you, you will inspire confidence and motivation to take the necessary steps forward.

5. Celebrate each step

A major part of keeping the confidence and motivation alive is to acknowledge every positive gain. This is an essential part of coaching in general and will help you inspire your athletes and fellow coaches to be their best. When you celebrate an achievement, you provide motivation to keep working and achieving more. The road to success is often long and full of challenges, but by celebrating positive step along the way, you can make the road that much smoother.

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