‘Set Smart Goals
S - specific
M - measurable
A - attainable
R - realistic
T - time-based
Striving for excellence will motivate you, It makes you want to practice, to improve, to dedicate time and effort into your game. Excellence reaps the rewards of success, achieving your goals and winning. When you throw a great boule that has been really effective in the game you feel uplifted, encouraged and confident. This then will motivate you to do the same again.
Striving for perfection is demoralizing. Who do you know who is perfect? Who never throws a bad boule? Who hits ever single shot they take? Who wins every game they play? Every single person makes mistakes. Perfection in your game is impossible, you will on many occasions throw the perfect boule and at times have the perfect game. This cannot go on indefinitely and if you expect this you are setting yourself up to fail. When we fail this usually affects our next performance in a negative way which then moves you further away from your goal of perfection.
So be SMART
S - specific (I want to improve my pointing by 15%)
M - measurable (work out a training programme and record your results)
A - attainable (expecting to improve 90% in a week is not attainable, look at the amount of time you will be training and over what period of time then set a goal that with work you can achieve)
R - realistic (don't set a programme where you say I will practice every day when you are only able to viist your local club once a week)
T - time-based (Set time limits for your goals, If you want to improve your whole game you may want to break it down into smaller goals, in 3 months I would have improved my pointing, in 5 months I would have improved my shooting. If you do not set a time frame you are not motivated to achieve it tomorrow will always do)
You have a desire to achieve a goal, to win a tournament, to play well or to improve your skills. Motivation is the ability to commit to this goal and go after it with enthusiasm. Motivation is critical to achieve success in sports.
Not everyone is motivated by the same thing it is believed there are two main types of motivation. Ego orientated and task orientated. Someone who is ego orientated wants to win because they will be the best, the winner, better than others. The trouble with being motivated by ego is when things go wrong these type of people are usually quick to give up.
Task orientated is when you want to be the best and win because you enjoy what you do, because you have worked hard on personal improvement to better yourself to become the winner. This type of motivation makes you dig deep, to work harder, to try to overcome the obstacle. It is good to have both types of motivation as long as your desire to be better than everyone else does not override your desire to be the best you can be.
Once you have reached your goal reward yourself. Your reward may be the trophy you get for winning a competition, you go home proud of your achievement and your reward. But if your goal is to improve your performance what reward do you get (other than improvement itself)? When you set your goals set your rewards as well. It may be as simple as a bar of your favourite chocolate, but it will taste so much better knowing you have earned it.
Use each goal achieved to reach the next
Reflect back on how you reached your goal and use that knowledge to help motivate you to achieve your next goal. Use the data you recorded to help you set your next realistic goal, was your first goal too easy to achieve, too hard? As you keep achieving each new goal look back and see if these goals have shown you any weaknesses you did not know you had. If so don’t be frightened to change your goals.
How you act as part of a team can motivate your teammates
Think big, act big. Your body language will have a big effect on your team
Solicit input of your team members on tactical decisions. Even the act itself is motivating,
Communicate with your team members frequently and openly
Notice and praise "positive actions" from your teammates