PSYCHOLOGY

New Season Sports Goals: A Path to Success and Achievement

New Season Sports Goals A Path to Success and Achievement
Written by Frosso Patsou

As a new season approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on your sports journey and set new goals for the upcoming period. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting out, having clear and focused objectives can significantly enhance your performance and propel you towards success. The concept of setting sports goals is widely recognized as a crucial element in achieving personal growth, overcoming challenges, and realizing your full potential. In this article, we will explore the importance of setting new season sports goals and provide valuable insights and strategies to help you establish clear and attainable objectives. Get ready to embark on a transformative journey as you set your sights on reaching new heights in your athletic pursuits.

At the beginning of each new season, many people tend to set goals and try to change everything that hindered them from achieving or even starting their dreams in the previous year.

Sports Goals

Achieving goals is not an easy process and requires proper goal-setting to reach the desired outcome.

Goal setting is widely known to be of utmost importance in increasing performance for high-level athletes, beginners, and those looking to embark on a new journey with sports activities for various reasons (e.g., weight loss, body image improvement, personal records, etc.). In whichever category you belong to, the absence of goals or vague and unattainable goals does not yield positive results in what you want to achieve or in the process of performance enhancement. On the contrary, specific, time-bound, challenging yet achievable goals are the ones that maintain athletes’ and champions’ high interest.

Goals for Beginners

Research shows that for beginners, it is better for goals to be set by experts (coaching and scientific teams) rather than solely by themselves. Additionally, goals for beginners should be descriptive rather than outcome-oriented because the focus should be on self-improvement rather than winning against an opponent.

Goals for Experienced Athletes

In contrast to the previous point, experienced athletes feel better and have more self-effectiveness and self-control when goals are set by themselves in collaboration with their coach. By setting goals in cooperation with the coach, the athlete feels involved in the goal-setting process and strives harder to achieve it without implying that the goal is negotiable.

Regarding clarity and the determination of goal difficulty, research shows that clear goals, even if challenging, are more effective than vague and easy goals because individuals have a higher sense of self-actualization and are more motivated to exert extra effort.

When a goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound, it can motivate individuals and stimulate effective behaviours for its completion.

However, it should be clear that goal-setting for an athlete should be such that the athlete feels capable of reaching the peak of the goal with the appropriate effort; otherwise, they may experience disappointment, dissatisfaction, and give up. In whatever category of athletes you belong to, goals are helpful as they assist in increasing concentration and attention levels, organizing your time and training, boosting self-confidence, and reducing anxiety.

By following the steps below, it is almost certain that you have a great chance of achieving the goals you set at the beginning of the year, regardless of what they may be.

Steps for Clear and Achievable Goals

  1. Set short-term, high, and achievable goals in order to reach the long-term goals.
  2. Provide continuous feedback and redefine short-term goals based on their progress. If you don’t achieve something, don’t get discouraged and don’t give up the effort. Modify the process to reach the desired outcome.
  3. Focus on proper execution and adherence to the schedule during training.
  4. Set time limits to maintain control of the situation.
  5. Understand that mistakes are part of the process and try to correct them.
  6. Focus on what you “should” do rather than what you “shouldn’t” do.
  7. Each time you achieve a short-term goal, reward yourself to feel greater satisfaction and self-confidence and continue with unwavering interest.

Achieve Your New Season Sports Goals and Reach New Heights!

As you conclude this article on setting new season sports goals, remember that success lies within your grasp. By implementing the strategies and insights shared here, you can take proactive steps towards accomplishing your objectives. Embrace the challenges, stay committed to your goals, and maintain unwavering determination as you navigate the journey ahead. With a clear vision, focused effort, and a belief in your capabilities, you have the power to reach new heights in your athletic pursuits. So, go out there, give it your all, and make this new season a remarkable chapter in your sports journey. Best of luck as you embark on this exciting endeavour!

For more in-depth insights on goal setting in sports, you can refer to the study published in the Journal of Sports Psychology: Link to Study.


We would love to hear your thoughts on setting new season sports goals. Share your experiences and insights in the comments below! Let’s inspire and support each other on this journey to success.

About the author

Frosso Patsou

Patsou Froso is a Psychologist, holding a bachelor's degree from Panteion University and a master's degree in Sports Psychology. She has completed a four-year counseling program and specializes in cognitive-synthetic counseling process. Additionally, she holds a bachelor's degree from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at the University of Athens. She is a doctoral candidate at Panteion University in the Psychology department.

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