Three journals, singular resolve

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If one of Anna Wilson's goals was to become one of the top basketball prospects in the nation, she can check it off her list.

Anna Wilson, a sophomore at Collegiate High (Richmond, Va.), is one of the best high school basketball players in the nation. The 5-foot-7 point guard, who has given a verbal commitment to Stanford, is also the sister of NFL star Russell Wilson. She has agreed to blog for espnW.

We’re now more than a full week into the New Year, and most people have finished making their resolutions. The greatest part about a New Year is the chance to have a fresh start and grow from the previous one.

Between us, I have never made a New Year’s resolution, but I do write down my goals in three separate journals. In each journal I write about one of three specific topics: my goals as a person, as a student and as an athlete. I keep them with me all the time, whether at home or in my basketball bag. Why? Because I always want to be reminded of what I am trying to achieve.

Writing down my goals in three separate journals also serves as a reminder that all of my goals are not the same. I am not just a person, but a role model to kids who look up to me. I am not just a student; I want to be educated enough to hold an intellectual conversation and be engaged with my classmates. I am not just an athlete or basketball player; I want to use basketball as a platform for something much greater.

Over the past year, I took part in some amazing things. I traveled to Colorado Springs and participated in the U16 USA Basketball trials. I had the opportunity to be a part of three great elite camps, including at Stanford. I won two national championships in July with my AAU team. And right before starting my sophomore year I gave my verbal commitment to Stanford University. I was blessed to be a part of all those events and really enjoyed all of my experiences last year. But the goals I have written in my journals are much more grand.

Writing down my goals and putting motivational quotes on my mirror was inspired by my brother, Russell. I remember him being in high school, and seeing all of his goals and dreams typed up on his desk. He also had a list of what people said and how they doubted him. Looking back on what he had on that list, I am pretty sure he has achieved a lot of that stuff, and succeed in the areas others doubted that he could.

I have also learned that writing down your goals is more effective if you go back to look at what you wrote down. Writing this blog has even helped me to look back at what I have achieved this past year and also reminded me of the things I still need to work on. I challenge anyone who is reading this to keep a journal and start writing down your goals, dreams and aspirations.

One goal that I want to accomplish this year is to step outside of my comfort zone. One of the most successful men in history, the third president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, once said, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

So what are your goals for the year?

With much love,

Anna Wilson