Training Your Mind to Meet Your Goals

Goal setting is crucial in hockey and in life. Personal goals, team goals, even family goals hold significance in everyday life and society. Personal goals can span from income or career related to traveling or relationship minded. Team goals, in the context of hockey can span from a certain number of wins for the season to reaching the state or national championship.

It is important to set goals regardless of what aspect of your life it deals with. Make short-term and long-term goals that are easily attainable. Saying I want to score 50 goals this year is the equivalent to saying I want to make a million dollars this year. Can you do it? Of course, but break down those larger or long-term goals into a series of short-term goals.

The human psyche prides itself on success and achievement. To keep a positive mentality the more you complete small goals, the more likely you will reach your larger or long-terms goals. The small ‘wins’ will continue to drive your determination through any negative barriers that may present itself. These small victories will essentially keep you going.

Going back to the 50 goals and a million dollar income, let’s hypothetically look at some scenarios to achieve these goals. For sake of ease, let us assume that you have 50 games in which to score 50 goals. Let us also assume that you decided at the end of the current season that this would be your goal for the following season. This allows you time to derive a plan to achieve success.

You need to be realistic with setting your goals. If your season starts tomorrow and you want to be a 50 goal scorer, it will most likely not happen. I am not saying that it can’t, I am saying that it probably won’t. This is because you have not set in motion a plan of execution to reach that goal.

If you determine your goals with enough time to plan you can take steps and execute things that will directly result in you achieving your goal. For instance, if you scored 25 goals this season, you know that you plan to double your goal scoring. How are you going to do this?

Perhaps you decide to talk to your coach. Ask them what you can work on in the off-season to become a better goal scorer. Maybe your positioning is off, but your shot is excellent. Maybe you are in the right place at the right time and have a hard shot, but it is not accurate. Maybe you are too weak in front of the net to win the loose puck battles.

Whatever is holding you back should be the first thing you set to accomplish. If you are too weak maybe your goal is to build one pound of solid muscle for every two weeks of the off-season. Little by little as the summer wears on, you will get stronger and stronger and strive to be better. Setting a small, attainable goal will keep you on pace. Once the season starts you will be more confident and have a positive mentality.

As you continue to achieve your small or short-term goals, continue to reassess and make sure they still align with your long-term goals. This will not only keep you on point, but also push you further to succeed. Perhaps with 10 games left, you met your 50 goal mark. Maybe then your final goal would be 60 goals for the season. You could systematically create a plan and execute this in the final 10 games to make this a reality.

The bottom line is this; dream big, create small goals that align with your big goal and devise a plan to ensure continuous short-term success. If you can do this in all aspect of life, you will crush every obstacle and achieve great accomplishments!

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