Goal Setting

Goal Setting – Your Reality Check

August and April are the traditional times of the year where swimmers set goals for the upcoming months. August to March for the short course season and April to July for the long course season. To give you a kick start, do this.  

1. Set Your Goals Now

PVC swimmers are highly motivated and ambitious, setting very demanding goals for themselves, and this April is no exception. Your mission is to select five-long course goal times for your top five events. Write them down on a piece of paper. Remember, goals should be challenging but also doable within the chosen timeframe. 

Note: When setting goal times, double-check to see if your times are close enough to qualify for a championship-type competition. If so, use the meets’ qualifying times as your goals. 

2. Confidence Is Everything

Once you have your goals, pick a number between 1 to 10. The number represents your confidence level or how much you believe you can achieve each of the five goals. The higher your number, the better your chances. That’s because confidence is the fuel to achievement! Write down your “confidence number” next to the coinciding goal time.

3. Plan Your Work Than Work You Plan

The last step is to devise a plan of attack (300 words or more) needed to accomplish your long course goals. The outline should include your tip-top priorities. Examples may include: swimming tougher on the most brutal sets, less self-doubt, a stronger core or a more flexible body, increased focus on technique, greater emotional control throughout the day, or improved consistency within a practice. Remember that your game plan is only as good as the time and energy you put into it and the commitment that follows. 

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