January 27, 2016 2 min read
Goals Support the Mission
The last Sport Psych Wednesday post focused on finding a level of motivation which meets the psychological needs of the athletes on the team. This week offers a culture building tool which meets those needs.
There is a difference between pursuing goals and living a mission. When teams are on a mission, obstacles and setbacks turn into learning opportunities. The mission drives athletes to train harder, focus longer, and beat all odds against them. The mission shapes the culture of a water polo program and the athletes operate by a set of values and qualities that the greatest champions embody.
Goals represent tours of duty. The mission may take longer to reach than goals, so it is important to set goals that are actionable and SMART. There needs to be a realistic chance of success. SMART stands for specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic, and time-bound. If you make every one of your goals SMART then you will know the exact first step to take that will lead you toward your mission.
Starter guide to establishing the mission:
Starter guide to setting types of goals:
If you are interested in one on one mental skills coaching or for your team, you can contact Brian Alexander via email: Alexander.firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.athletementalskillscoach.com Also follow him on Twitter @BA_POS_MIND on Facebook (Athlete Mental Skills Coach) or follow his biweekly blog post on LinkedIn.
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