While some goals and dreams are going to be general, do your best to keep them as specific as you can. This may mean that you need to readjust as you get closer to reaching your goal or dream to make it more specific to your current progress.
As I mentioned the other week, I had a dream when I was 8 or 9 years old to play on the LPGA Tour, and while then it was obviously understandable at that age to not be very specific about that dream, as I got older I never readjusted to set a more specific dream. I technically did live out my dream to “play” on the LPGA Tour so I can’t be mad at 8-year-old Brandi, but what might have happened if I had set my dream to finish top 10 in a tournament, or maybe even win an LPGA tournament, or be top 10 in the world???
What could I have done differently to make that dream more specific and more of a reality? I could have set my short terms goals to be more specific as well. My practice habits and routines, my workouts, my goals for each season of college golf, my offseason goals, my priorities, they all needed to be more specific.
What do I mean by specific? Specific means they are clear-cut and distinct. They are measurable. They can be held accountable. There is a point of definite achievement.
They can be goals with your practice to achieve a certain score on a drill that you have been working on. They can be goals with your workouts to do an exercise you struggle with. They can be goals with your season to win a tournament. They can be goals with your stats to achieve a certain percentage or average.
One important part of making them specific that will help you also be successful tho is, readjusting once you reach that particular goal.
On the range drill:
- Goal: Get 5 drives in a row into an imaginary fairway
- New Goal: Get 7 in a row in an imaginary fairway OR make the fairway more narrow OR complete the drill on a day when the wind is blowing
- These are all specific, measurable, held accountable, and adjustable as you get better