I have read more than I’d like to about goals. With life coaching becoming more popular (kind of like black death did back in the day) everyone probably has some knowledge of goals and how they help. It is indeed correct that goals will help you and your athletes. It’s better to have a destination set so you know where you want to be rather than pushing forward in hope that where you end up is ideal.
The important thing with goals is they mean nothing if you don’t have a plan to achieve them. It’s all about the “how” and not the “what.” I could say I want to coach someone to a world class level next year but the real question is how am I going to tackle this major task?
Make sure your athletes understand too. I’ve had guys come in and claim they want big numbers but don’t understand the commitment it takes to get there. The bigger the goal the more planning it takes.
If you are averaging gains of 5m in your hammer throwers and someone wants a 15m improvement this season then either you have to adjust his goal or come up with a better program to help him reach that goal. You can’t stick with the same patterns and hope for better results just because someone set a high goal.
Worry about the process more than the end result.