Recognizing what areas you are strong in and what areas need improvement is only useful when followed by a plan to improve the fundamentals essential to success in college sailing. Setting goals is an extremely effective way to build a solid foundation of sailing skills, but it is necessary to set the right goals. As a freshman, it’s easy to set results-based goals and, more frequently than not, become frustrated or disappointed when you don’t achieve them. As a rookie, I found it difficult to strike the perfect goal setting balance. At one of my first intersectional (multiple district) regattas, I failed to achieve the result that I was aiming for (to say the least), and was infuriated with myself. I focused solely on the result that I thought I should achieve rather than the process that would allow me to achieve it. In your first year it is important to set goals that are both challenging but realistic, focus on specific areas, and provide continual motivation. For example, if you want to eventually win the ICSA Team Race Nationals, first set your goal to become the best pin starter on your team. When that is achieved, become the best in the district, the nation, and so on. Focusing too much on results limits improvement and creates frustration, while focusing on improvement creates satisfaction and produces results.