Effective Goal Setting Strategies for Athletes

You set goals to fulfill dreams, to move from wishing something would happen to making it happen. The fact that you're here says that you're ready to make that shift. Whether you are coming back from injury or working towards a PR in your next race – ALL accomplishments start with goal-setting.



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If you’ve ever:

  • Let your fears and doubts hold you back from going after a goal
  • Started out strong on your goal path and then lost your confidence, focus, and motivation along the way
  • Hit a setback, got frustrated, and abandoned your goal altogether
  • Struggled with how to help the athletes you coach accomplish their goals

You are in the right place.

Get Your Goals: Effective Goal Setting Strategies for Athletes is an online Mental Skills Training program featuring five lessons, each containing an essential component for creating an effective goal-setting program. The program includes instructional videos and exclusive goal-setting worksheets, walking you step-by-step through the process from setting your goal, to celebrating your accomplishment.

There is no greater feeling than accomplishing a hard-earned goal. This program provides coaches and athletes with the tools necessary for success. It’s time to see what you’re truly capable of.

Here’s a sneak-peek of what you’ll learn in each lesson:


Lesson 1: Why Set Goals?  11 mins,24 secs

Are you setting yourself up for success?

You are always setting goals and you gauge your feelings of success based on those goals so it is imperative to make sure you are setting your goals effectively. In this first lesson, you will get clear on the benefits of goal-setting, understand why people avoid setting goals, and understand the importance of deliberate goal-setting.

  • Goal Program Brainstorm worksheet
  • Quiz


Lesson 2: Pitfalls  edit 9 mins,27 secs

Can you stay on the path?

If you have ever found yourself derailed from your goal path, chances are you fell into one of the common pitfalls of effective goal setting. In this second lesson, you will learn how to avoid the five major pitfalls of goal-setting, understand the importance of being specific with your goal, and understand the difference between failing at your goal and failing at goal-setting.

  • Goal Setting Pitfalls worksheet
  • Pitfalls Quiz


Lesson 3: Goal Commitment 13 mins,24 secs

How bad do you want it?

When you are truly committed to your goal, there is no obstacle big enough to derail you. You are ALL in – 100%, no holding back. You keep pushing forward through your doubts, fears, and all of the naysayers along the way. In this this lesson you will explore the difference between motivation and commitment, assess whether it’s a lack of motivation or a lack of confidence keeping you from making progress on your goal, and ask yourself the most essential question – what’s your secret goal?

  • Goal Commitment Quiz

Lesson 4: Goal Action Plan 10 mins,22 secs

Are you ready to get to work?

The first three lessons were all about building your foundation, in lesson four it’s time to get to work on your Goal Action Plan. This lesson walks you through creating your own Goal Action Plan so you know exactly where you want to go and exactly how you're going to get there, prepare for the potential obstacles you may encounter, and define the type of support you will need in order to accomplish your goals.

  • Goal Action Plan worksheet
  • Goal Action Plan Quiz
  • Goal Support Worksheet
  • Potential Obstacle Worksheet


Lesson 5: Adjusting and Evaluating Goals 11 mins,15 secs

Can you keep the momentum going?

Although building your foundation and creating your Goal Action Plan are HUGE steps in developing a successful goal setting program – those aren’t the only things you need to ensure that you keep moving forward on your goal path. In this final lesson, you will explore (and challenge!) your definitions of success, get tips for how to stay motivated when you need to adjust your goal, and make sure you take time to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments.

  • Goal Evaluation worksheet
  • Evaluating and Adjusting Goals Quiz



Carrie Cheadle