Whenever I talk to my players about goal setting, the first thing I usually have to do is explain to them what a worthy goal is and isn’t.
Normally, when I ask them what their goals for the season are, I get responses like “I want to hit .450″ or “I want my ERA to be a 2.0.”
A goal should definitely be measurable, but more importantly, you need to have control over whether or not you can reach your goal.
Will you always reach a goal, even if it is set correctly? No, but you will always get better if you are striving for a worthwhile goal.
Why does having a goal of reaching certain statistics set you up for failure?
The reason is because there are so many factors as to whether or not you reach a statistical goal in baseball.
You may hit every ball right on the nose, but yet they get caught.
You didn’t reach your goal of hitting .400, but you still did everything right that was in your control.
In your mind, you failed, but in reality, you were successful!
When setting goals, you need to create your long-term goals, followed by both mid-range and short-term goals that will help you achieve your long-term goals.
For example, if your goal is to throw 92 MPH, you need to have a 6 month, 12 month, and 18 month goal.
Throwing 92 MPH does not happen overnight, but with dogged persistence, you can make it happen over a long period of time.
After you have set your goals, you need to create action items to reach your goal.
If you want to throw 92 MPH, you need to work on your long toss, strength, flexibility, and size along with your overall explosiveness. All of these items combined will allow you to gain as much velocity as possible.
With each item, you need to have action items to improve. How many days per week do you want to long toss? How many days to lift weights? Stretch? Band exercises? Etc…
Once you have all of this done, make sure you track your progress.
If you aren’t tracking your progress towards your goal, how will you know what is working and what isn’t?