Performance can be broken down into many different aspects. These aspects are psychological, technical, physical, and nutritional. Performers alongside their coaches need to be mindful about these aspects and write down what has gone well for them this year and what improvements could be made from January onwards. Essentially, performers who wish to fulfil objectives that were set out in pre-season are more likely to be successful by following this review and reflection between now and the start of the new year. Reflective practice has become a popular construct over the last few years. Reflective practice has found prominence in education, business and sport settings. Reflective practice can be utilised alongside many models. There is an overlap with models of reflective practice. However, in essence the process of reflective practice is to plan, understand strengths, identify areas to improve, put in place an action plan and act on set actions. Theory suggests that setting performance related and process goals provide perfect opportunities for success. This is suggested because through process and performance goals coaches and performers can review their strengths and which areas they need to improve. These goals are far more effective outcome goals. Essentially setting performance and process related goals allow performers to increase their self-confidence and utilise more positivity toward their performance than outcome goals alone.
In summary, the purpose of this article was to inform performers that they should reflect on their yearly performance and set goals for future performance starting from January.
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About Gobinder Gill
Gobinder is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and Research Methods at Birmingham Metropolitan College in the West Midlands.