Dear. Student-Athletes,

Many student-athletes have been complaining of feeling powerless in the face of events influencing their lives right now. Undoubtedly there are factors beyond our control that are very much in today’s news, both nationally and internationally. So, I have been suggesting ways to regain some sense of control. And moreover, you are now officially in school, it’s an ideal time to put plans and goals into action.

The first thing ALL student-athletes need to do is work on a plan on how you want your life to be, as well as a clear plan on how to get there. It is surprising how many times I ask the student-athletes about the direction they want to go in. Whether it be Life, Sports or Education, only to discover that they are simply wandering along, only to discover that they are just allowing their hopes and dreams to drift away.

This is where I can help! Why should we sit back, waiting for life to happen as it will, when we have the power to set our own goals and the energy and desire to make our dreams a reality? Setting goals puts you squarely in charge of your own life, and that is a very desirable situation. That is why I have decided to share a few simple helpful tricks to make goal setting even easier and more successful.

  1. The physical act of writing a goal on paper helps to anchor it in your mind, so write your goals down every day, and make certain that you keep your goal centered on you and not someone else.
  2. Be sure to state your goal in positive terms, as such statements draw positive things your way. For example, “I am always on time” is preferable to “I am never late.”
  3. Our subconscious only understands present time. So, if you create goals that are set in the future, your subconscious will keep those goals in the future. For this reason, it is best to always write your goals as if they were already happening or had already happened. You will also want to prioritize your goals.
  4. State your goals clearly and precisely so that YOU and your subconscious know exactly what YOU want. Using strong words that evoke emotion and command action helps to call forth the energy needed to move forward.
  5. And, most importantly, when you write down your goals, imagine yourself already being, doing, or having the things that you are dreaming about. This will further activate and imprint your goals on your subconscious.

It may take some patience, the right support system, your maturity level and your WHY! In other words, find out what your WHY is and WHY you’re doing it! And once you do that, you may need to readjust your goals. YOU should feel confident that you can achieve the goals you set for yourself!

Daily remind yourself that your great, your loved, your wonderful and you are your own greatest fan.

Cynthia F. Guillory