In the end of a year it is time to sum up and to set the new goals for the next year. Let’s talk about your chess goals in this issue.
First, I recommend you to analyze your chess progress during this year. Think about your trainings and your practical results. Which aspects of your game did you improve during this year? Which problems have you experienced in chess?
The owners of the course “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” can make a deep self-analysis easily. You can find the guide in the 3rd video lesson.
It is a very important work, because it will help you to organize your future trainings more effectively.
Next, let’s think about your chess goals for the next year. I have 2 recommendations for you:
1. Your goals should be realistic.
2. Your goals should be a bit more than realistic.
First, your goals should be realistic. For example, you may expect 10 points augmentation of your rating per every tournament. Therefore you may calculate how many tournaments you need to play to gain 100 rating points.
Then you may calculate how many tournaments you play per year (based on your past experience). Finally, you can calculate how long will it take for you to reach your goal (to gain 100 points).
Of course your planning may be different. I just gave you an example of a REALISTIC planning.
You may say: “I want it all and I want it now!” Unfortunately it doesn’t work like this practically.
Your goals may be very HIGH, but it should be your LONG-TERM goals. Then everything is fine.
Secondly, your goals should be a bit more than realistic.
Your goals should motivate you to work hard! One of the key ideas concerning a training is any sport is “the principle of a high, but surmountable difficulty”.
That’s why your goals should be a bit higher than you expect normally. They should thrill and inspire you!
Have you set your chess goals for 2011 year already? If no – then do it now! Here I’d like to give you another useful advice: make this work in written.
When you need to write something, you have to formulate it clearly. This will help you to clarify everything. Also you will save these goals and will refresh them sometimes during the next year. Finally, writing your goals is like giving a self-promise! It becomes “a document”, an obligation.
I gave you 2 tasks so far:
1. Make a sum up (analyze your chess progress in 2010).
2. Set your chess goals for the next year.
Here we come to the most interesting part: How to make your future training (progress) more effective than it was previously?
Probably you’ve heard about the 80/20 rule (Pareto’s principle). “20% of your efforts give you 80% results”. An opposite rule is fair as well: “80% of your efforts bring you only 20% of your results”.
It explains why some players progress much faster than others.
Therefore you need to focus on the most effective ways of training and forget about all other stuff.
Here is a question for you: “What ideas (ways of training) gave you the greatest practical results in chess in 2010?”
In the next issue I’ll tell you the answer, but I want you to think about it independently first.
By the way, it’s your 3rd task (don’t forget about the first 2 ones!).