Something no one should forget is to set Goals. If you don’t have any goals, then you really have nothing to reach for and nothing to measure yourself to. This is an important step that many athletes forget to take or just take for granted. Any bowler and any coach of bowls should have goals. I could even take it further and say every bowler and coach MUST have goals.
These goals should be written down for continual reference. You need these written goals to know what you are aiming for and then if you’ve met those goals. Below is a simple template borrowed from a short article on goals by Lachlan Tighe in 2009 in his “On Line Delivery” column.
Outcome – (Fill in for the headings below)
Competition performance, personal
Competition performance in a team
Technical delivery skill
Mental Skill – planning
Mental Skill – training
Physical fitness level
Personal & communication skill
You should be reviewing this statement regularly during the year to see where you are and how you are progressing towards your goals.
At the end of each year you will need to review this again and adjust it to suit where you want to go in the next year.
Just remember that you can’t rate yourself on your year without goals to aim for.