Setting goals is a necessity in life and wrestling, and is a process that helps one plan certain ways to achieve a specific accomplishment. Goals need to be difficult but attainable. If you set your goals too low, you won’t be pushing yourself to get to your maximum potential, and if you set them too high, they will be unrealistic and you will constantly fail.
Goal setting is a process that requires short-term goals and long-term goals. The short-term goals are things you need to accomplish for a bigger and long-term goal. For instance, if your goal is to get a scholarship to wrestle in college, you have to have smaller goals that will help you get to a college wrestling room. Some of those short-term goals might be to win the high school state tournament, get a grade point average above 3.5, and All-American in Freestyle at Junior Nationals. All of those are short-term term goals that could lead to your long-term goal, but also require a plan. How are you going to get a 3.5 or higher GPA, so that you can get accepted to the college you want? Each goal needs a plan of how you will reach that goal.
It’s also very important to write your goals down and post them somewhere that you will see them daily. By writing your goals down, it forces you to actually think and set specific goals. Posting them somewhere that you can see them is a nice reminder of what you are working for. If you forget what your goals are and don’t see them on a daily basis, they can be easily forgotten and you might start to stray from the path that will lead you to your goals.
There are a lot of things you can do in life, but to do well in wrestling, you need to have goals. Get your notebooks out and write those goals down. Remember to be specific and make your goals difficult but attainable. Now, go post them somewhere you will see them everyday!