Goals for the New Year

Posted on by Gregg Steinberg WGCA contributing writer

The New Year is approaching, and if you are like me, you are a goal setter.   Goals are essential to our success. Psychologists have studied goal-setting for many years and tout their importance to performance. Specifically, goals get you focused on your task, keep you inspired under difficult times, and foster strategies to attain those goals.

But setting goals to be successful is not enough. You must have a plan if you want to reach those goals in the upcoming year. The following is a goal-setting plan that you can use to become more successful in 2017:

Step 1: Create a long term goal.  This is your vision.  Justin Rose indicated that his main goal this year was not to win majors, but to win gold at the Olympic Games. That got him motivated to practice and stay engaged in his game. For you, let’s say your long-term goal for the next 3 months is improve your short game from 30-100 yards. This goal will now guide your focus and energy toward attaining this important goal.

Step 2: Discover your baseline.

How many times do you get up and down from 30-50 yards? 50-70 yards? 70-100 yards? It is important to get a baseline as it will help you set realistic goals as well as help you to evaluate your strategies.

Step 3: Set realistic and specific goals.

A goal should be realistic yet challenging. Thus, if you usually are getting up and down from 30-50 yards about 20% of the time, your goal should be to increase that to 25%. An increase of 20% is about perfect to keep it realistic and challenging

Step 4: Create strategies to attain your goals

You should have a few strategies to attain your goal of getting new clients. One strategy could be to attend at least one new community meeting every month. Another strategy could be that you give one presentation about your expertise each month to a local community group.

Step 5: Assess your improvement.

If you see improvement, then stick with your plan. If not, then you will need to change your strategies. If you are not attaining your goal of getting more clients then perhaps you need to increase the amount of new meetings you attend, as well as the amount of presentations you are giving each month.

To be world class in your profession, just don’t set goals. Achieve them with an effective goal-setting program.

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Author Bio: Dr. Gregg Steinberg is the head sports psychologist for the IGPA. He is a professor of human performance at APSU. He is the author of the Washington Post bestselling business book, “Full Throttle.”   and mentalrules for golf.

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