How to Achieve Your Goals

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 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 write your goals down on paper.

You have to be clear, and know what your goals are before you can work to accomplish them.

\nThere 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. Feel free to dream big when making your list, but know that it's going to take a lot of hard work to turn these dreams 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 look at your list and write down what you're 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 great starting point that will get you moving in the right direction.

When you design your plan make sure that it's realistic. Don’t write down, "shoot 5,000 shots every day." Write down something that you will be able to accomplish.

\nMake sure to put your list of goals and you action plan somewhere that you will see it every day. This will remind you of your commitment, and hopefully motivate you to get in the gym.

3. Be Patient

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 as motivation to keep up the hard work.

\nAll of your effort and practice will pay off. Not every player will accomplish everything that they set out to do, but following this plan will give you a great chance for success!

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