Posts Tagged ‘goals’

Johnathan Martines: Setting Barefooting Goals

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Sometimes when I have been training all day every day for a while, the training regimen starts to become a bit of a grind. As a result of feeling tired, people tend to lack motivation to ski and improve. One thing that keeps me motivated throughout the ski season is writing down my goals. I have three different categories of goals: short term goals, season goals, and long term/career goals.

Short term goals are goals that I gear specifically toward my training over the upcoming weeks. Some short term goals can be to make changes to a specific trick, ski out all of your trick runs that week, or to accomplish something you have never done. These short term goals usually have to do with training and how I prepare myself for competitions.

Season goals are goals I write down before every season that I want to achieve in a tournament. These goals are the personal best scores I am trying to attain that season in tournaments. I personally believe these goals are the most motivating and rewarding because they are very easy to track.

Long term/career goals are things you would like to accomplish before the end of your career as a skier. Examples of long term goals may be to make a national team in the future, win a specific tournament, or become top three in the world. These goals tend to be the underlying reason behind why you will put so much work in over such a long period of time.

I believe it is important to set goals that may seem slightly unattainable. Even if you don’t accomplish the goals, you will have accomplished a lot more than you have previously done.

By: Johnathan Martines

Success in Barefoot Water Skiing

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Success may be a small word, but to me, it has a very important meaning. Success is a goal that I strive for. I do my best to achieve my life goals. I started barefooting when I was five years old and I have loved it ever since. This sport is my passion and I will do whatever it takes to succeed.

I began to compete at age ten and that is when I began to set goals for myself. As I learned new tricks I told my dad that all I wanted to do was win one gold medal. For me this was a difficult, but as I advanced, I received many gold medals. As soon as I reached this goal I decided to raise my standards.

My new goal was to attend a world championship. I traveled to New Zealand as an independent skier which inspired me to be on the USA Team. I then began to train at the World Barefoot Center. My coaches pushed me to exceed past my potential and go beyond my wildest dreams. In 2010 I was a part of the junior team and we took home the overall team gold medal. Two years later, I was honored to be selected as a member of the junior team for the second time.

I spent my entire summer training for the worlds that were held in Waco, Texas. I was determined to represent my country and to do my best. My hard work paid off. I finished second individually and our team finished second as well. I was honored to receive several individual event medals and one in the elite devision.

Every goal that I have achieved had motivated me to go on to bigger and better things. Currently, I am working towards a new goal which is to be a member of the 2014 elite team. I am willing to do whatever it takes because I know the feeling of accomplishment and the joy that it brings.

Some words of wisdom that have truly inspire me come from Eric Thomas. He said, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful!”

Kailey Koehler
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