In the world of an athlete, you are always looking to be better than the rest. You want to run faster, jump higher, hit farther and throw harder. In an ideal world athletes want those attributes now; however, in a real world athletes have to put in the work to obtain these attributes. The most common practice tool to use, when trying to improve your performance, is setting goals.
When setting sports goals there are 3 common types:
- Product Goals
- Process Goals
- Feel Good Goals
Product Sports Goals:
Product goals are goals set by an athlete that pertain to the outcome of a task. An example of a Product goal would be, to be an all-league selection or to obtain a college scholarship. These goals are more of the “long term” goal that an athlete works towards.
Process Sports Goals:
Process goals are used by an athlete while working towards their Product goals. Process goals are typically the most critical for an athlete because they allow an athlete to increase their potential and work on fundamentals. An example of a process goal would be anything under the control of an athlete (i.e. fielding 100 ground balls 3 days a week, or running a mile every day after practice). These goals are a necessity and every athlete should be using process goals on a daily basis.
Feel Good Goals:
Last but not least, “Feel good” goals. These are the goals that make it fun for athletes, these are the mini-wins each athlete takes home at the end of the day. An example of these goals would be to give it 110% every day.
Be sure when setting goals, never make them unachievable. Hard work is a necessity; however, don’t set yourself up for failure with too many goals or to high of expectations. Keep your head down, don’t get discouraged and work hard and achieve a goal to be better every day.