“Dreams are where reality is made.” I don’t know who said this but I really like this quote. I love that fact that what some people have dreamed, they have achieved. Yes they worked hard for it, but they once had a dream and they chased it and achieved it.

What are your dreams or goals?
– Buy a car
– Pass a test at college
– Win a state competition
– Lose a few pounds
– Put on some muscle
– Throw the black belt in your club at training next week (or next year)
– Become World Champion
– Learn the Nage no Kata
– Learn a new setup to Ippon Seoi Nage

Goal setting is a fundamental aspect of life, as well as Judo. It is good to have a goal and to work towards something. Goals can be big or small, long term or short term but I believe you must always have a goal, a dream or a vision.

When I was 13 years old my long term dream was to compete at the Olympic Games.

To achieve my dream I had to work hard and fulfil a lot of short term goals along the way. Some of these short term goals included:
– Developing a strong forwards technique
– Having a strong Ne Waza transition
– Represent the state team
– Represent the national team
– Win a few fights in the senior ranks
– Begin a Judo specific gym program
– Control my opponent’s sleeve.

By having short, medium and long term goals you will never feel as if your goal is unreachable. This is due to the fact that all your are always constantly working towards something.

As a recreational or competitive Judoka, what are your long term judo goals? What are your short term Judo goals?

Think about what you really want to achieve as a Judoka. Don’t just think about your goals, write them down. Many successful people, whether it is sport or business, have at one time or another written their goals down. By doing this you have identified what you want to achieve and that is when the journey begins.

Talk to your coach, trainer or training partner and get a clear picture of what you would like to achieve or improve in your judo game.

Once you have your goals in place I believe your training will become a lot more meaningful and you will have a clearer picture of what you are looking for out of Judo.

If you are lacking in motivation or inspiration I would recommend having a few days off training as you do not want to suffer from burnout or over training. In your days off do things you might not have a chance to do such as go to the movies one night or hang out with your family and friends. After a dew days off you will probably be itching to get back into training.

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