Tips For Successfully Making And Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

The start of a new year always seems to bring with it a boost in energy and optimism. Hence, many people use this time to search for new opportunities and set their new year’s resolutions.

Sports coaches are no different, and for that reason, we wanted to look at how to successfully make and keep your new year’s resolutions. We’ve also listed 24 new year resolution ideas for those coaches still looking for some inspiration.

Tips for successful resolutions

Setting new year resolutions is not much different to setting goals for your season, besides them being more personal. To be effective they should still be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound). As well as being SMART, Dr. Kimberly Dawson, professor of sport psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University has the following tips for you.

  • A goal should motivate you when the times get tough and you’re questioning why you are devoting your time and energy to your endeavour.
  • Talk to yourself regularly about what your goal is, why it is important to you, why you value it, and how attaining it will enhance the quality of your life.
  • Having a clear objective must make you find the successful action strategies necessary to achieve that goal. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you must first identify the physical running program that will lead to weight loss. Not all running programs will contribute to this equally. You must then commit to the program and plan ways to regularly schedule the new running behaviour into your existing schedule.
  • A goal is mechanical. It must change your behaviour in some way by increasing your desire to find effective strategies, exert effort in the behaviour, and then persist when the going gets tough.
  • Make an effective and realistic action plan for how you will achieve your goal. The goal itself is largely arbitrary. For anyone to reach goal attainment, it is the identification and the commitment to the necessary behavioural changes that are crucial.
  • True behavioural change based on goal setting happens over time and gradual action changes. Changing too many things too fast will sabotage your good intentions.
Tips courtesy of www.runningmagazine.ca

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Finding the right resolution

Now you know what your new year’s resolutions should contain. Now you have to find the right resolutions for you. An effective way to do this is to reflect on the previous year or years. What have you been satisfied with and what areas of your coaching still remain unfulfilled? Finding that unfulfilled aspiration will provide you with the motivation to make your resolution a success.

If you are still struggling for motivation, below are 24 inspiring new year’s resolutions you can implement to help take your coaching to new heights this year.

  1. Improve my position as a positive role model
  2. Constantly learn more about how to become a better coach, leader, and role model
  3. Learn from other great coaches
  4. Listen to and act on my own advice
  5. Ask for help when I need it
  6. Delegate more tasks
  7. Take time to reflect personally as a coach and improve my self-awareness
  8. Teach my athletes to reflect on their own performance and adjust elements of their games themselves
  9. Improve communication with my team (athletes and staff, etc)
  10. Improve communication between everyone on the team
  11. Make stronger and deeper personal connections with my athletes
  12. Build stronger relationships with parents
  13. Focus more on having fun
  14. Reward my athletes for participation, not just winning
  15. Make being a part of my team an enjoyable experience that all my athletes look forward to
  16. Improve athlete’s commitment to attend practice/games
  17. Set goals for each training session to give them immediate purpose
  18. Measure performances via KPI’s not the scoreboard
  19. Celebrate all wins no matter how big or small
  20. Develop kids for life as well as the game
  21. Create positive work ethics
  22. Empower my athletes to set goals for themselves and help them accomplish them
  23. Improve my athlete’s leadership skills
  24. Increase the number of athletes in my team by recruiting and retaining more

Action Steps

  1. Reflect on last year and identify your unfulfilled aspiration.
  2. Review your goal against Dr. Dawson’s advice and amend your goal and plan to achieve it as required.
  3. Achieve your goal and make this year the greatest year of your coaching career so far.
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