Being an athlete is an exciting experience, but it can also be intimidating sometimes. You want to be the best you can be, but there’s so much more to it than just hitting a ball over that volleyball net. Fortunately, there are a three steps you can take to help achieve your volleyball goals:

1.) Visualize the Goal

The first thing you should do is visualize the outcome you want. Whether that’s winning a season or hitting a new milestone in your fitness routine. It’s crucial that you visualize exactly where you want to be. Then, take it a step further by actually putting yourself in that place and imagining how it would feel on a sensory level. Get down into the nitty-gritty of smells, sights, and sounds, and take time to actually document what that experience was like in a journal or diary. These details will make the goal feel more real to you.

2.) Brainstorm the Obstacles

The next step in achieving your athletic goal is to figure out what’s stopping you from achieving it. More often than not, athletes don’t spend enough time determining which obstacle is standing in their way and busting through them – so write down any limiting beliefs and problems you’re facing. A few possibilities might include: self-doubt, a lack of time, or a specific skill that’s holding you back from success. Be as thorough as possible in this step, because you’re going to start overcoming these roadblocks.

3.) Overcome the Roadblocks

The final stage is to draw a star next to every item you feel is realistically within your control. You might not be able to affect change with everything on the list, but you should have some influence over most things. In attempting to be the best volleyball player you can be, you need to make room for your newly visualized goals and overcome those roadblocks with determination.

Another great tip; If your calendar is too full and you never have time to practice anymore, start saying “no” to items that are interfering with your goal. If it’s a high priority for you to achieve your volleyball goals, then you may have to cut out some other things. Sometimes, it’s the only way. As an other example, if your goal is to play three games per week, but you find yourself too tired by the end of the second game, your obstacle is “low energy.” You can overcome low energy by cutting out processed foods, drinking more water, and getting more sleep.

By implementing this visualization process, there’s really nothing that can stop you from achieving your volleyball goals, as long as you have the motivation to do it. Simply visualize where you want to be, brainstorm the obstacles standing in your way, and then put into action the habits that will overcome them and lead you to your desired outcome. As easy as this sounds, putting it into practice is where it really counts, so get started today!