With the Olympic games just around the corner, I thought I would share with you the 5 tips I spoke about in a recent hockey camp with a group of around 30 kids between the ages of 8-15. The same principles that work for achieving one’s goals in a sport are also applicable for any our life pursuits.
- SET A CLEAR PURPOSE:
- The obstacles to setting goals are the fear of failure, the fear of not having what it will take, and the fear of what other people will think.
- “If you aim for nothing you will accomplish nothing.”
- Set SMART goals: Specific, Motivational, Accountable, Realistic, and Timely.
2. STIR UP AND PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS:
- Other words for passion are energy, motivation, zest, intensity, and charisma.
- Your passions are the things you love to do without being told.
- They are the talents you have been given.
- They are the interests or dreams you have.
- PASSION KILLERS IN YOUR LIFE: Apathy, Naysayers in your life or Negative voices, Disappointment, Mediocrity and Grumbling or Complaining.
3. SEE THROUGH THE PAIN TO THE PRIZE:
- “Pursuing your purpose with passion will mean pressing through pain.”
- “Anything worth doing will cost you something.”
- What are the problems, obstacles or hard things that you are facing right now that you think are keeping you from going for purposes or goals?
4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE:
- We need mentors and heroes who have been through some pain to reach their purposes
- We need people who will cheer us on when the going gets tough and tell us that we have what it takes.
- List 5 people that inspire you and the 5 qualities about these people that attract you to them.
- These same characteristics that you like in your mentors or heroes are resident within you.
- Mentors or Heroes will: Call us out, Coach us, Correct us, Comfort us, and Coax us out of the nest.
5. STICK WITH IT THROUGH PERSEVERANCE AND PRACTICE:
- Other words for perseverance are tenacity, finishing strong, resiliency, and determination.
- “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” Malcolm Gladwell
- It takes 10,000 hours or 10 years of practice to become proficient at a skill or talent.
- “Practice is those things you do when know one else is watching.”
- “To the degree we prepare and practice, we can improvise, be spontaneous, and intuitive in a sport and the game of life.”
Go For It.