Staying Positive On The Baseball Field – Setting Goals

Staying Positive On The Baseball Field Is Crucial

We're checking in with another entry in the "staying positive on the baseball field" series.  The first entry was about focusing on the process and not results.  This part will give us another tool to help us do that: Set Goals

It is an awesome tool in baseball to set a series of goals for yourself and then go about achieving them.  The first key to setting goals is to make them challenging, but not so hard that frustration is the only outcome.  The reason we're setting goals in the first place here is to help players be positive by providing them something they can feel good about. 

The second factor in goal setting is to make them small.  Too big and it will take too long to accomplish, thus making it unlikely that the players will ever see the goal to its' end. 

How To Set Small Goals For Big Results

First, set an objective that you will base your incremental goals on.  For example, "I want to decrease my time to first on contact from 5 seconds to 4.5 seconds".  This is a great goal, but that is a HUGE difference in time.  So in this example, we will set several smaller goals that will lead us to that final number.

Start with a 1% drop in your time, something small that is achievable and that moves you towards your bigger goal.  Do this with all your goals, whether they are on the mound, at the plate, or anywhere else.  Take a look at what you really want to accomplish, and then chop it into bite sized pieces.

Vary The Timing Of Your Goals

We form goals for baseball that are daily, we make some goals that are weekly, and we make season long or offseason long goals as well.  It helps to vary the time commitment required to achieve your goals.  

If a baseball player sets a goal that takes four months to fully achieve, he may become bored or bummed to the point he just forgets it altogether.  It's like trying to lose 100 pounds in a year.  That's a great goal, but the rate of failure for that goal would be astronomical if that was how to your phrased it.  

This goal should really be to lose 2 pounds a week or 8 pounds a month.

So when baseball players set goals, they can set a few that are long term, but they need to mix in a few that are shorter term as well.

This is a great way to dedicate yourself to the process of getting better step by step,  and sinking your teeth into your own development. 

How does this help you stay positive?  That's easy, this is exactly the stuff that positivity is built out of!  Progress, victories, accomplishment, hard work, rewards..it's all wrapped up in achievable goals.  This process will make you much better, and help you stay more positive while you're getting there.

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