HOW TO from a Goal Setting Pro

“Simple daily disciplines – little productive actions, repeated consistently over time – add up to the difference between failure and success”

– Jeff Olson “The Slight Edge”


Being a Pac-12 Division 1 Athlete is challenging and incredible at the same time. It requires extensive dedication, motivation and perseverance. A normal day consists of waking up early to go to weights with the team, going to class, eating lunch, going to practice for 3 hours, getting home and doing homework, and then going to bed and waking up the next day to repeat that same cycle. It can be exhausting but the opportunities that arise on a day-to-day basis make it all worth it. I find that I am constantly pushing myself (mentally and physically) to become my best. The one thing that has really driven me to success throughout my career is goal setting.


Goal setting is critical to ones success because it can help determine daily decisions, which lead to important outcomes. I have learned that it is not about focusing on that one large goal but about focusing on the little daily decisions that will require you to choose things that will lead you into the direction of your desires. I have learned 3 crucial elements that have helped me accomplish my goals.


  1. Write down your ultimate goal.

  2. At the beginning of every week write down 1-3 steps or decisions that you will make to help you get closer to your goal.

  3. Tell someone about your goal and the steps you are going to take and have him or her hold you accountable.


These three steps are very simple, but I have learned that it is best to simplify when it comes to making goals. If you are constantly reminding yourself of the things you need to do each week, you are more likely to make decisions that will help you reach success. Being successful and reaching your goals is all about the small and simple things. Preparation is a critical component of winning; the concept is the same for goal setting. Take control of your decisions and start focusing on the things that are most important to you. You will find that you are moving in the direction of your dreams. Start with the small and simple daily decisions, go get a journal and start writing.



Hi! My name is Eliza Katoa, I am a volleyball player and student at the University of Utah. I have been playing volleyball since I was 11 years old and it was my dream to play collegiate D1 volleyball. I am grateful to be doing what I love while getting my school paid for. I am majoring in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Marketing, Advertising and Personal Relations. I am currently in the process of getting certified as a Personal Trainer through NASM. I developed my love for fitness and healthy living my sophomore year in college because I am constantly working with the best strength coaches, nurtionists, and sport scientists in the country. I am excited to start my career in fitness after I graduate and finish my senior year this December. I am grateful for the things that I have learned throughout my college career and I hope to take that and become the best personal trainer possible.

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