With 2016 rapidly approaching us, many find goal setting and resolutions easy to start in the new year. But, is it easy to see them through? After all it supposedly takes 21-30 days to break or form a new habit, and 30 days to reaffirm it. Actually, it really just depends, but something measurable like that can help us in goal setting.
Our goals should be S.M.A.R.T.
Specific-If my goal is to lose weight, I should make sure my goal is to lose a specific amount of weight in a specific amount of time. This allows my goal to then be…>>
Measurable-My goal should be specific where it can be measurable. I want to lose 10lbs in a month. This gives me a specific goal with a specific time frame. This makes sure my goal is then….>>
Attainable/Achievable-There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and setting big goals, but I need to make sure it is attainable. For example, going & competing at Worlds is an attainable goal, but if I’m not meeting my daily goals like saving money or attending classes/open mats, then by the time the end of May comes around, will I be prepared?
Realistic/Relevant-Making sure my goal is attainable also makes sure that it’s realistic/relevant. Do you see where I am going with this? If my goal is to compete 50x in the year, that’s pretty far fetched. For one, there’s only 52 weeks in the year and are there that many tournaments around? Do you have that much money to travel? Something more realistic, would be 12x a year.
Timely-This is really important. When I set my goals, I need to have a time frame, because if I just say I’m going to do something without having a finish line, then I could most likely procrastinate and keep putting it off. Then before you know it, it will be 2017.
I hope this helps in your goal setting. Remember, we have a chalkboard in the academy for you to set your goal for the year. This will help you and your teammates stay accountable. Are you doing what needs to be done? Something else you can do is create a vision board. Visualizing your goals and seeing the end result can help motivate you too! Also, you don’t have to tell everyone your goals. Keep them written in a journal for yourself.
And remember, you don’t need a new year to start a new goal, you just need a new day. -Coach Jess