As basketball players, we all have certain dreams and goals that we want to accomplish.
Whether you want to make your high school team, get a scholarship to college, or play professionally—you have some type of goal.
It’s great to have these different goals, but without a plan, they are just good ideas and nothing more. If you are really serious about achieving your dreams you need to put a plan into action. You need to map out how you are going to get where you want to go.
Here are three steps to help you accomplish your goals as a basketball player.
1. Create a List
The first step is to sit down and make a list of your goals.
You have to be clear, and know what your goals are before you can work to accomplish them. There are two different types of goals that you’re going to define on your list, short-term and long-term goals.
An example of a short-term goal might be to score 10 points in the next game, and a good long-term goal may be to play in college.
Your goals are personal, so every person’s list will be different. Dream big when you pick your goals, but know that it's going to take a lot of hard work to turn them into reality.
2. Develop a Plan
After you create your list, you need to develop a plan of how you are going to accomplish your goals.
Anybody can have a dream, but only those that are willing to work hard and put in the time and effort have a chance to reach their goals.
The next step is to take your list and write down what you are going to do every day or every week to accomplish these goals.
For example, if you want to become a better ball handler you can write down "practice dribbling for 10 minutes a day." This is a good starting point and you will begin to move toward accomplishing one of your short-term goals.
When you design your plan make sure that it is realistic. Don’t write down, "shoot 5,000 shots every day." Write down something that you will be able to accomplish.
\nAfter you make your list make sure to put it somewhere that you will see it every single day. This will remind you of your commitment and hopefully motivate you to get in the gym.
3. Stay Dedicated
This is the hardest part for most people because everyone wants success right away, but that is not usually how it works.
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t see immediate results. Be patient and stay committed to working hard.
It takes time to become a better player, trust the process. Keep looking at your goals and use them for motivation to help you to keep working hard.
\nAll of your hard work will pay off down the line. Not every player will accomplish everything that they set out to do, but following this plan will give you a great chance for success!