[This is Chapter 4 of my book "How To Get 92% of Your Badminton Serves In... Guaranteed!", now available free on badmintonsecrets.com!]
You can see why I didn’t use that as a title for the book!!
We also need to make our ‘goal’ time-sensitive. Without a deadline,
nothing would ever get done.
As there is a 90 day money-back guarantee with this product, that seems
like a good place to start! So think of the date three months in the future,
and we’ll add that in later.
Next, a goal must be personal; it must be your goal. Which we’ll simply
accomplish by changing the ‘you’s to ‘I’s.
Which gives us:
Where I Want Them To Land, At The Height Above The Net That I
Lets drop the ‘deception’ bit for now, I’ll come to that at the end.
Next comes a key step that will take us a massive way towards achieving
the above statement. It is a simple step that takes a few seconds, but is
often the difference between attaining a goal and failing.
And that key step is to write it down. Putting down what you want to
achieve on paper makes it official, makes it more realistic. This is a time-
worn truth that really works.
To prove how serious the goal is, use a blank piece of good quality paper,
or a postcard, with a good quality pen. Write carefully and neatly, in your
There was an interesting (mythical?) study done in 1953 on students from Yale
University. They were surveyed, and it was found that less than 3% had
clear, written goals for what they were going to do when they graduated.
But the interesting bit, and the bit that concerns us here is that 20 years
later they returned to those same pupils, and found that the less than 3%
who DID have the written goals WERE NOW WORTH MORE IN
MONETARY TERMS THAN THE OTHER 97% COMBINED.
Not that money is the true barometer of success of course, but it was a
clear indicator of the power of written goals. And this certainly rings true
when you consider that they also found that the same people were
happier, more fulfilled and more content than the rest.
So there is no doubting the power of setting goals. But it has to be done
right, in the way that we have here.
Another important step that makes a huge difference as to whether the
goals are achieved, is working out WHY you are aiming for this
What benefits will you have when you have achieved your goal? How
will it make a difference to your game? What will that lead to? Winning
more matches, or tournaments? Would that mean getting picked for a
How will you feel inside when you can safely and confidently say that
you can get 92% of your serves in?
Harnessing these feelings will keep you motivated, and keep you
focussed on what you want to achieve.
And, as before, write them down. On a separate piece of paper to the one
that you wrote the actual goal on, jot down at least 5 reasons for wanting
to achieve the goal.
So, to recap, we now know what it is that we are trying to do, and we
know why we want to do it.
All that remains is the HOW we are going to achieve it!