Casey Stangel: Get up and goal

Casey Stangel is a junior pitcher at Lake City High School (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) who also plays for the SoCal Explosion. Her high school team won the Class 5A state softball championship last season and she has committed to play college softball at the University of Missouri. She will blog for ESPNHS throughout the 2012 season.

Every morning I wake up and walk into my bathroom, where a list of goals hangs on my mirror. This is a list that I have had since I was 13. It holds all of my dreams and things I want to accomplish. As time goes on, my list changes, whether it’s adding something, or crossing off things that I have accomplished. Some of my biggest goals right now are:

-- Win two more 5a Idaho State Softball Championships

-- National Gatorade player of the year

-- Play in the Under Armour All-America Game

-- Win a national championship my freshman year in college

-- Win multiple national championships in college

As you can see, these are just a few of my softball goals. On my list you would also see things beyond softball such as:

-- Serve as an All-Student Body officer in Lake County High School Student Council

-- Keep above a 3.8 GPA through high school and college

-- After college, work as a reporter for ESPN

I find that this list is extremely important to my success. I wake up and read through all 43 goals, and it reminds me of what I am trying to accomplish every day. When I go to bed I read through the list and ask myself, “Did I do everything I could do today to make it happen?” Meaning did my actions throughout the day move me closer to achieving my goals?

I would recommend everyone make a list of all the things they want to achieve. When you have it written out and place it where it is visible to you every day, it keeps you on track. It reminds you of what you are working hard for, and motivates you to make it happen.

My advice when making your list is to chose goals that are attainable, that don’t contradict each other, that are specific and are truly important to you. If you looked at my goals you will see that they are not all softball; though I would say that’s the majority. My list expands past the sport, past school, and past what I want to be when I grow up, the list contains characteristics of the person/player I am, and the one I work hard to be. As an example, the very first goal on my list is:

-- Always outwork everyone else

Things like working the hardest, always giving my best effort, and making decisions that will benefit my future, are all goals that I have set as well.

Always remember that setting expectations for yourself and being reminded of them will only make you a better person/player.

Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Casey was elected ASB secretary -- she can cross another one off her list!

Read the previous installment of Casey's blog – her secret workouts – here.