a coach I encourage my athletes to set challenging, ambitious
long term goals. If you only set easily obtainable goals, you
will never reach your highest levels of achievement. Do not be
scared to strive to live your dreams.
increase the likelihood that you will achieve your highest goals,
you must set a variety of smaller goals. Setting numerous short
term goals will provide you with continuous challenges. These
challenges will increase your level of motivation and enhance
does not matter if you are a beginner, a veteran college wrestler
or an experienced coach, goal setting allows you to focus on the
areas you need to improve on and objectives that you want to achieve.
do full justice to the topic of goal setting or any other important
topic would require more than just one page. However, I am going
to outline some important goal setting guidelines below that will
help you identify and achieve your highest goals during the upcoming
season and the years to come.
Specific, setting technique and training goals, as well as performance
a variety of goals, including a combination of short, medium
and long range goals.
your goals personal. Personal goals are more meaningful because
they are what you want for yourself, not what others expect
your goals challenging yet realistic. Many of your short term
goals should be easily achievable while others should be lofty.
AYou accomplish in proportion to what you attempt.
your goals. Write your goals down and refer to them often. Post
your most important goals in your bedroom, on the fridge and/or
in your locker.
not fear failure. If you only set easily obtainable goals, you
will never reach your highest levels of achievement. There is
no crime in not reaching your goal but only in failing to set
your goals. Refer to your goals regularly. Check them off as
you achieve them and set new goals. You must constantly evaluate
where you are and where you are heading.
a strategy for achieving your goals. Decide how much and what
type of work it will take to achieve your goals. Then design
and follow a training schedule that will allow you to reach
a Commitment to your goals and work plan. Anyone can set a goal.
Those who achieve their goals have the discipline to stay focused
on their training and the perseverance necessary to work through
the inevitable frustrations.
in yourself! There is a big paperweight rock on my desk staring
me in the face as I share my thoughts with you. It says If you
do not believe in yourself...chances are that nobody else will.
Allow me to elaborate below with a couple personal stories.
the summer of 1984 I intensely watched many hours of the Olympics
on television. That was the year seven American Wrestlers won
Gold Medals, while my fellow West Virginia native, Mary Lou Retton,
inspired the nation. I was watching with a group of my high school
friends when Bobby Weaver won the Gold Medal and picked up his
baby for a victory lap. I still vividly remember all the excitement.
I told my peers that I was going to be on the next Olympic Team.
They thought I was joking, but I was dead serious. I believed
in myself! Four years of intense training later I made our U.S.
1994 I left college coaching to focus on teaching and training
young wrestlers. I set two lofty goals. To open a successful wrestling
school in my hometown and to coordinate the most effective summer
wrestling camp system in the country. Many people questioned my
decision to leave a secure college coaching position to pursue
my dreams. However, I never looked back. I believed in my ability
to achieve my goals. I poured all my time and energy into training
and motivating my young students, while improving and expanding
my camps. I was armed with a variety of goals and a strategy to
achieve them. I applied the same goal setting guidelines that
I have outlined above. Today, three years later I have met my
goals and am in the process of tackling new ones.
does not matter who believes in you as long as you believe in
yourself. If you wish to excel in wrestling or life, you must
have meaningful, concrete goals and you must believe deep down
inside that you will achieve them. I encourage you to make a commitment
to achieving your highest goals today!
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Chertow is a former NCAA All American and US Olympian.
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