Goals should be part of everybody’s life, no matter their age or accomplishments. Here are our top tips for setting and achieving goals.

  • Start with a big, compelling goal written down with a completion date.
  • Then, break it down into smaller, more manageable (or believable) parts that can be measured or ‘supporting goals’ that also have completion dates. Maingoals are usually two to five years in length and supporting goals are more like

    a few weeks or a few months.

  • Tell someone who will be supportive and someone you can trust what yourgoal is and ask him or her to not only be encouraging but to hold you accountable. This helps because when the going gets tough (as we all know it will) that is the time when help from parents, friends, and mentors counts the most.
  • Give yourself some reward for achieving those supporting goals. The idea is to measure progress and to make it as fun as possible. The more compelling the goal is, and the more fun the rewards are, the more likely you will succeed.If this method sounds familiar, it’s because it is very similar to the way we work to help our athletes reach their basketball training goals. We believe basketball is the perfect training ground for goal-setting, whether your goal is fitness, reducing stress or anything else you can think of.

    Applying this same approach to the goals in your personal life will help you to be

    successful in your coming goals and resolutions. I encourage you to spend some extra

    time in the next few days determining how you can define your checkpoints, who will

    help keep you accountable, and what the rewards will be for your celebrations along the

    way. Good luck!