Goal Setting For A Successful Cricket
One of the essential cricket tips I ever learned was that
of goal setting. The ability to set goals and effectively
motivate yourself to achieve them are two essential cricket
tips and skills that will help you achieve success in any
cricket season or sport.
Starting a cricket season without goals could be compared
to batting blindfolded in the dark. What would be your chance
of hitting the ball? It is essential to set goals at the start
of the season to aim for: How many runs, wickets or catches
will you takes? Giving yourself a target to aim for will help
focus your mind and mentally prepare you for setting plans
to achieve them.
If when you start your cricket season, you have no goals and
aim at nothing; is it not unlikely that you will hit nothing
and achieve nothing? If you haven't set goals, start now and
set yourself the goal to score 250 runs or take 60 wickets
by the end of the season, then plan how you will do it.
To set effective goals there are a few things you need to
know about yourself which will affect how you set your goals.
You are affected by, the environment in which you live, your
experience and knowledge, your attitude and dreams and visions
for the future.
When you set your goals you need to decide what you want and
when you want to achieve each goal. You should spend time
writing down your goals and display them in a prominent position
where you will see them daily to remind yourself to stay motivated
and focused. Cross off your goals once they've been achieved,
add new ones to ensure when you reach your goals, you can
further them and take your cricket to the next level.
"Don't set your Goals too low. If you don't need much, you
won't become much". - - Jim Rohn - -
I'm sure you will have come across the SMART analogy, with
regards to goal setting. It contains the most important concepts
to consider and adhere to when setting your goals.
Goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic
and Time related.
For example it would be unwise to set a goal of scoring one
hundred runs every week, it's just not a realistic goal for
the average person, unless you are Michael Vaughn or Ricky
Ponting that is! As you would probably fail to reach this
goal, your motivation would suffer and you might start doubting
your cricketing ability.
Before you start setting your goals write a list of all the
things you want to achieve; whether it would be your first
one hundred runs, fifty wickets in the season or first catch.
By doing this it will help focus your mind and motivate yourself
Now set your goals, they need to be SMART and you need to
set both short term and long term goals, and also daily goals,
for specific match days. All successful cricketers set goals
and prioritise them in order of importance.
By making goal setting a habit there is no reason why you
cannot achieve your cricketing goals.
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