Summer is almost here! Hooray! It’s time to relax by the pool, going on some adventures, and enjoy friends and family! However, Summer is also a great time to work hard and self-improve! The best way to get started is setting goals. Whether you want to learn a new skill, grow closer to your teammates, or cut time off of your mile run, here are some steps you can take to ensure you achieve your goal(s) this summer!

  1. WHAT? What is something that you want to do or work for? Ideally it will be something that you’re excited about. The goal you set should be something you want to do - not for something or someone else. Goals can be big or small, but sometimes it’s easier to start out small and work your way up. Achieving little goals along the way can increase your motivation to achieve bigger ones in the future!

  1. WRITE IT DOWN! Writing down your goals increases your chances of sticking with them and completing them. How are you going to know you have achieved your goal? Write it down. When do you want your goal to be achieved by? Write it down. Describe your goal in specifics. For example, write “I want to run a mile in under 7 minutes by August” instead of “I want to improve my mile time.”

  1. TELL SOMEONE! Telling someone we know will increase our chances of achieving our goals as well. They can also hold you accountable if you have a setback!

  1. MINIATURE GOALS. If you have a large goal you want to achieve, break it down into smaller goals to keep yourself highly motivated. Continuing with the mile time example, say you want to run a mile in 7.5 minutes by June, 7 minutes and 15 seconds in July, and less than 7 minutes in August. Having several smaller goals gives easier and gives you a feeling of success along the way.

  1. CELEBRATE! Make sure you reward yourself after you have achieved. If you complete your goal, perhaps you buy yourself a pair of new shoes! After reaching your goal, take out the time to thank those who helped you along the way. Don’t forget to reflect over what you enjoyed and learned along the way. And, of course, ask yourself “What is my next goal or project going to be?”