Blueprint of a Champion
An Interactive Journey Through Goal Setting for Student Athletes
Without a map… you are lost!
Blueprint of a Champion is the map you need to help you achieve greatness!
Sports provide us with a great opportunity to provide learning experiences to our athletes in a hands-on environment. One of the primary goals of “The Blueprint” is to bring to life the desires, trials, journeys and successes of athletes. In profiling many of the top players in the world, our junior athletes may see that they struggled with the same issues that they face. Our hope is that this book will help all the “players” in our game including the athletes, coaches and parents to use the interactive process to provide a motivational and inspiration tool to reach their goals. Within the chapters of the book, we teach our players to look deep within themselves to find out what lights their fire, to help them determine what goals and dreams they have, and then most importantly to plan a step by step approach to reach them!
As coaches, our athletes must know how much we care or they won’t care how much we know! The tools presented in these pages help coaches answer such questions as do we really care about the long term well being of our players? Do we plan practices? Do we use weekly task-lists? Are we positive? Do we put first things first? Are our goals clear and present? Do we display high levels of character and integrity? Do we self-assess? Do we take chances and push the envelope? Do we challenge the way? Do we set goals? Are we removing the critical phases of learning from our players? Do we ask questions or just tell them? Do we provide them opportunities to learn and to improve their reading skills? Do we spend in practices discussing leadership, character, being a good person, and setting goals? Do we challenge the process as leaders? Do we model the way? Do we encourage creativity and aggressiveness?
Translating sport success to life success
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What have you failed at today? Every failure is an opportunity to teach and to learn. We encourage our players to fail!
Here’s some suggestions contained within the book:
7 Steps of making a goal a reality
- Fix in your mind exactly what you want; be definite with your plans. It is not okay to say I want to be a good student or a good volleyball player. Be definite to exactly what you want. (I will receive a scholarship to ABC University; I will be an All-American at Jos.
- Determine exactly what you plan to give and what you will sacrifice for your goal. Anything worthwhile in life comes with a price
- Put a timeline on your goal. Be exact with your date. I want to make the Junior national team by March 9, 2010
- Create a definite plan of attack for reaching your goals. What you need to do and when it needs to be done by.
- Write out a clear concise statement of exactly what you would like to be and when. State what you intend to sacrifice and your plan of how you will get it.
- Find a mentor, someone that has already reached a similar goal like yours. Talk to your mentor if possible; ask their advice and guidance.
- Place your written goal in places where you can see it. (Mirror, binder) Put up pictures that remind you of your goal. Read your statement aloud before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning.