New Year, New Goals

It's a new year, and a new season is coming up in a few weeks. So it's the perfect time to sit back and reflect on what you want to see from yourself in the days to come. This isn't just writing down a resolution - it's goal setting, and holding yourself accountable to those goals.

Take a day or two to write down your goals. Every time you have a "tomorrow I am going to do..." moment, take our your phone, or a paper and jot down the thing you want to do. When you're done with this, look at your list and think to yourself, which goals are the most realistic for you to accomplish in the next year. If the goal seems too big to do in a year, break it down in small parts. For example, if you are a freshman in high school, and your goal is to play college basketball, that isn't realistic since you will not be eligible to play in college by the end of the year. But you can take steps towards that goal by breaking it down into small parts. You could make sure you take all NCAA required classes, researching colleges or working on as aspect of your game.

After you've reviewed and edited your list of goals write the number "3" next to the goals you can finish in the next three months. Then a "6" for the ones that can be done in the six months, then write "12" for the ones you want to accomplish by the end of the year.

Whatever your goals, make sure you are the one holding yourself accountable to accomplishing them. Think of it as being in competition with yourself to get these goals gone. Push yourself, and if it helps give yourself a reward for every goal accomplished. For example, let's day you want to work on your shooting average this season, it may help motivate you if you know you will get a new pair of sneakers or a night dinner out if you reach the goal.

If you think you need support with you goals, then reach our to your friends, family and coaches and they'll make sure to keep you on track too. And if you're struggling to figure out what some good goals are for the new year, check out the list below.

- To be more mindful while playing

- Getting better grades

- Journaling at least twice a week

- Eating better

- Drinking more water

- Being more positive

- Training harder

- Helping others

Whatever your goals are for the new year, we at Next Step Training hope you make it a wonderful year.

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