Goals are an important component to achieving success in any endeavor but especially for athletes. Goals can help give you clear direction, keep you from getting distracted or off track and keep you motivated when things get tough. But how do you set a goal? Setting SMARTT goals is a great place to start:
- A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
o Who – is involved
o What – do you want to accomplish
o When – establish a time frame
o Where- a location
o Which – what are your requirement and constraints
o Why - Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal
- Establish a criteria for measuring your progress. When you measure progress, you are more likely to stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the satisfaction of progressing towards your goal.
- To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
- When you identify your goals, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You can attain just about any goal when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may seem out of reach will eventually become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high a level to set your goal. Remember, an easy goal may be harder to reach as it may exert a low motivational force, whereas pushing yourself to reach a high goal can help motivate you through the process.
- Attainment should have an end-date. A goal with no time frame is one with no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Soon” does not work. Be specific and give yourself a date, this will unconsciously set you in motion to begin working towards achieving your goal.
- When setting a goal, attach tangible and sensory aspects to it. Imagine what you will feel, hear, see, taste, and smell when you achieve your goal. When achieving your goal has tangible and projectible results, you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
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