Achieve Program Goals with the Road Map to Success

By Chad Doerr @ChadDoerr

It’s the New Year and time for many people to create New Year’s Resolutions. Often times, these resolutions are about losing weight or exercise, but what about resolutions your athletic team or program? This is a perfect time to create your team’s Road Map for Success. 

If we are currently in New York and want to move to San Diego. We often have a tendency to be excited without any planning whatsoever. For some of us, it looks like this:

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If we recklessly try to drive to San Diego without planning, we will usually end up like this:

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How often does this happen to most New Year’s Resolutions? On January 1st, people get excited to make long lasting changes without any planning. This leaves them failing, upset, and unlikely to actually make the changes they desired. The people who turn New Year’s Resolutions into lifelong habits are successful because they plan.

How often does this happen with you program? Do you have a tendency to get excited about implementing something new, only to have those efforts fade out quickly? Instead of having 2015 be another year of failing to create and maintain those habits you desire, we are going to change that by creating a Road Map for Success.

Let’s take the New York to San Diego example again. If we are going to make this drive, first we need to plan our route. Let’s look at a few potential ways to get there:

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This drive is roughly 2,850 miles, which is a long drive! It is physically impossible to see San Diego from New York, so how am I supposed to know how to get there?

Sometimes when we have goals and aspirations for our team, it can feel like a lengthy, impossible task. However, if we break it down into step by step process goals that provide us guidance, then we can make it to our destination. Let’s see what this looks like:

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In our New York to San Diego trip, we have our plan of how we are going to get there. Now if we follow these directions, we will arrive in San Diego.

By creating smaller goals that lead to the larger goal, you are creating this road map. For example, if a baseball team wants to win a state championship, they need to first win a certain amount of games, then win in the league tournament, and then win the state championship. But what are the daily things that your team needs to do in order to win games?

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Just like the drive from New York to San Diego, you need to actually drive and get there. Sometimes in the drive, you may find very boring segments of the drive. However, if you veer off the road and lose focus, you will crash, or end up at a place you don’t want to be. You must take the drive one mile at a time in order to reach your destination efficiently and effectively.

Similarly to our baseball team example, if the team is not having focused practices and not setting goals for the day, then the team may find itself losing games and not developing as much as they should be. Just like the drive across country, great teams can take extraordinary goals (state championships) and turn them into reality because they have effectively planned how they are going to get to their goal and strive towards accomplishing this goal one day at a time. They set small, tangible goals that guide their big picture.

In summary, here’s how you create your roadmap for success:

  1. Set a large, big-picture goal. What do you want your program to accomplish? (San Diego)
  2. What are 2 to 3 goals that need to be accomplished to complete your goal? (Drawing the route)
  3. What things do you need to do daily to accomplish these small goals? (Driving the road)