by Steffany Hanlen, Inspirational Speaker and Quantum Speed Founder
Last time, we
talked about taking a break after a busy season to revisit and redefine your
WHY. This break allows you to assess
your strengths and weaknesses and to reflect on what worked and didn’t work for
you this past season in the context of WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. This time, we’re going to talk about how this
break also allows you to focus on the fundamentals necessary for you to refine
and improve your skill set, to work on what you want or need to do, so you can
stay on track – and keep getting better - on the road to your goals. We’re going to talk about how you connect
your WHY to your goals and how to make a plan.
Here is where your MindSet meets your SkillSet!
to take a different approach this time, though – I’m going to ask you to do an
exercise. It will take a bit of time, it
will require a bit of thought, and it will be most effective if you ask your
parents or someone else in your family to work through it with you.
a funny language. We can have several
meanings for one small word. Take GOAL
for example. I’m going to ask you to set
a GOAL. Setting goals and GETTING goals
are two different things. (Then there is
scoring goals… but
that is another workshop!)
context, though, I’m going to be asking you to turn your GOALS into OUTCOMES and
then support them by a to-do list so you can get the important stuff done – in
short, you’re going to make a PLAN.
Treat what follows as an example to guide you but I want you to do the
exercise based on YOUR desired outcomes and goals.
let’s set a GOAL. Let’s say your WHY is
because you love to play the game so much you want to make a career of it. Your GOAL might be: To make it to the NHL or make the National
Olympic Team!! Saying it this way, you
are stating a pretty generic and vague objective.
SO, let’s try
making things more specific…. What you
really need to do to give yourself something real and tangible to work with is
to define an OUTCOME. An OUTCOME is the
result of achieving a series of smaller to-do goals. Your DESIRED OUTCOME now
might be: To have a long-term,
successful and FUN NHL (NCAA, CIS, Team Canada, etc) career where you will play
several seasons in the NHL, play in two Olympics, make a lot of money, make life-long
friends, and be actively involved in your family and community. Is this specific enough to form the basis of
your PLAN? Not really. But you can use your DESIRED OUTCOME to form a
workable PLAN. How do you do this?
is to work backward from your DESIRED OUTCOME and identify achievable GOALS
with achievable deadlines. To do this
right, you’ll need to have discussions with your family, your coaches, your
mentors, your instructors. You’ll need
to consider where you’re at right now.
You’ll need to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and you’ll need
to be willing to address them to get better.
The steps you take to do so will be your GOALS. You’ll need to be accountable for your
actions and choices as you try to achieve those goals every step of the
need to refine and update each GOAL as you move forward to make sure your PLAN
continues to be realistic and manageable – because life will throw curve balls
and you’ll need to respond and adapt accordingly....
get started on working backward from your DESIRED OUTCOME…. So you want to get
drafted to an NHL team. To do so, you
need to accomplish other GOALS or steps first.
You’ll want to get drafted to a CHL team or play for a Junior A
team. But before you get to this stage,
there are other things you need to know and other things you have to do to make
you’re playing Midget right now. What do
you need to do to be the best Midget player you can be so that you can make
that CHL or Junior team? Take a look at
your strengths and weakness. Perhaps
your coaches or a few scouts have suggested that you need to be a faster skater,
or you need to be stronger, or you need to play better positionally. Now we’ve got something to work with. You obviously need to address your weaknesses
to get to the next level. So your plan
starts to look like this....
- GOAL: Become a faster skater, specifically acceleration from a standstill
WHY? Because faster,
stronger skaters can make better use of the ice, finding time and space to make
a play and have more confidence
HOW? Register in a
reputable powerskating program with a good track record
BY WHEN? The summer
- GOAL: Become physically stronger overall and gain
functional body weight
WHY? Because a stronger player can find more time and space and reduce injuries
HOW? Find a trainer who specializes in what my sport requires and begin a dryland program tailored to my individual requirements
BY WHEN? As soon as the hockey season finishes and I have had suitable rest and recovery time
- GOAL: Understand my position
understanding my position allows me to make the right choices and contributions
on the ice at the right time
HOW? Study game
videos, watching players who play my position to see what they do and don’t
do. Do everything with focused intent in
practice so things become more instinctive, etc., etc.
BY WHEN? During the
You get the
idea. It’s like a funnel, getting
smaller and smaller or more and more detailed as you work your way ‘down’ to
where you need to begin. Throughout the
process, you need to recognize that to support all of your goals, whatever they
may be, you’ll have to eat and sleep well, train smart, and surround yourself
with the right people who will challenge you and support you to be the best you
need to make sure that you make the distinction between ‘expectations’ and
‘goals’ and that you make sure your ‘goals’ are realistic. Focus on things that are under YOUR
control. For example, you can set the
goal of “scoring 50 goals this season” but the reality is that the ability to
do this may not always be in your control.
Other people, situations that aren’t perfect, and even random happenings
will affect whether attaining such a goal is even possible. If you focus on a goal like this, you might
be setting yourself up for disappointment, frustration, and, in some cases, the
perception of ‘failure’. Goals, and the
stepping stones to achieving them, need to be realistic and realistically
WHY? HOW? and BY WHEN? discussions as you set your goals and develop your plan
to achieve them. BUT REMEMBER, other
important stepping stones need to be worked into your discussions too. While your DESIRED OUTCOME might be to play
in the NHL, you need to build WHO you are going to be as a person into the
finish high school. CHECK
become a meaningful member of my community. CHECK
am present with my family and like-minded friends. CHECK
understand I am responsible for my actions, results and behaviours. CHECK
stay true to myself and use adversity to my advantage when the going gets
have regular WHY? HOW? and BY WHEN? discussions with my family and support team
so I stay on track!
process is relevant no matter what your DESIRED OUTCOME might be or might
evolve into, hockey-wise or otherwise.
The goals and their details are up to you. Just work backward from your DESIRED OUTCOME
and decide, in advance, what steps you need or want to take along the way. Don’t worry if your goals and steps seem a
little broad or unfocused at first.
Re-defining and refining are always going to be part of your living,
breathing PLAN. And the more experience
you have at each stage of your PLAN will allow you to better re-define and
have the PLAN, even a rudimentary one, it’s easier to stay on track or to get
back on track when ‘life happens’ and to move forward - to ‘just do’ what needs
to be done. Will there be distractions
and disappointments? Absolutely! But so what?!? That’s all part of life. If you know your DESIRED OUTCOME, if you’ve
taken the time to develop a PLAN that supports that outcome with several
powerful WHYs, and if you’re driven by compelling goals and timelines, you won’t
just be HOPING or DREAMING of something that may or may not happen TO you. You will actually be well on your way to ACHIEVING
your DESIRED OUTCOME and MAKING it happen.
All the best,
Posted May 23, 2014