Bottle’s Top 5 Tips for Goal Setting
1: HAVE GOALS:
Setting Goals can really help you realise your potential. You need to make a list of what you want to achieve and a time frame in which you want to achieve it.
2: MEDIUM AND SHORT TERM GOALS:
Breaking your goals down into smaller steps can really help you. If you determine your short and medium term goals as well as your long term goals you will be more likely to stick on a path to success.
Here’s an example:
> Long Term Goals:
– Qualify for the World Tour
– Make the Top 10 on the World Tour
> Medium Term Goals:
– Qualify for the Qualifying Series
– Win enough heats and events to qualify for the World Tour.
> Short Term Goals:
– Train harder and work on my technique
– Learn new moves and master lots of different surfing skills
– Compete in the Junior Series in preparation for the QS
3: BREAK DOWN YOUR SHORT TERM GOALS:
Your short term goals are the stepping stones to achieving your longer term goals. You need to work out what you can do on a daily and weekly basis to work on the goals you have set for yourself. This will also give you more meaning and understanding to your daily activities. When you are slogging it out in the gym and your body hurts and wants to give up – you will keep going, because your goals have told you that you need to train hard if you want to succeed as a Professional Surfer.
4: RECORD YOUR GOALS:
Make sure you write down your goals and the time frame in which you want to achieve them. Put them up on your wall so that you can remind yourself every day – where you are now, where you want to be going, and how you are going to get there.
Having positive affirmations along with your goals can really help you to achieve them. Whether you make up a phrase that inspires and drives you and say it to yourself every day when you wake up, or find a quote and stick it up on your wall.
5: BE REALISTIC:
It’s important to be realistic about what goals you can achieve. For example, if you want to learn to do big aerial moves like Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, or Josh Kerr it’s not going to happen over night. It will be something you need to learn over a period of time… You might even decide to learn to do some tricks on a trampoline before throwing yourself over the falls out in the water. Don’t try to achieve everything all at once.
Never give up, never give in, be slow and steady – and you’ll win the race.