One of the essential cricket tips I ever learned was that of goal setting. The ability to set goals and
effectively motivate yourself to achieve them are two essential cricket tips and skills that will help you
achieve success in any cricket season or sport.
Starting a cricket season without goals could be compared to batting blindfolded in the dark. What would be
your chance of hitting the ball? It is essential to set goals at the start of the season to aim for: How many
runs, wickets or catches will you takes? Giving yourself a target to aim for will help focus your mind and
mentally prepare you for setting plans to achieve them.
If when you start your cricket season, you have no goals and aim at nothing; is it not unlikely that you will
hit nothing and achieve nothing? If you haven’t set goals, start now and set yourself the goal to score 250
runs or take 60 wickets by the end of the season, then plan how you will do it.
To set effective goals there are a few things you need to know about yourself which will affect how you set
your goals. You are affected by, the environment in which you live, your experience and knowledge, your
attitude and dreams and visions for the future.
When you set your goals you need to decide what you want and when you want to achieve each goal. You should
spend time writing down your goals and display them in a prominent position where you will see them daily to
remind yourself to stay motivated and focused. Cross off your goals once they’ve been achieved, add new ones to
ensure when you reach your goals, you can further them and take your cricket to the next level.
“Don’t set your Goals to low. If you don’t need much, you won’t become much”. - - Jim Rohn - -
I’m sure you will have come across the SMART analogy, with regards to goal setting. It contains the most
important concepts to consider and adhere to when setting your goals.
Goals should be; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time related.
For example it would be unwise to set a goal of scoring one hundred runs every week, it’s just not a realistic
goal for the average person, unless you are Michael Vaughn or Ricky Ponting that is! As you would probably fail
to reach this goal, your motivation would suffer and you might start doubting your cricketing ability.
Before you start setting your goals write a list of all the things you want to achieve; whether it would be
your first one hundred runs, fifty wickets in the season or first catch. By doing this it will help focus your
mind and motivate yourself to succeed.
Now set your goals, they need to be SMART and you need to set both short term and long term goals, and also
daily goals, for specific match days. All successful cricketers set goals and prioritise them in order of
By making goal setting a habit there is no reason why you cannot achieve your cricketing goals.