I didn’t realize how vital is knowing how to set goals.most of us are seeing the end goal but then again,How we set goals? Should we aim high? Or start low and then go up?
In all aspects of life goal setting is universally vital. The problem occurs when people set goals but are not willing to commit to the process / journey that enables them to accomplish them.
A wildly common example in the world of bjj is- let’s say my goal is to become an IBJJF pan american champion. What does it requires me to do? In order to be a pan ams champ many sacrifices need to be made.
Some of these sacrifices may include being away from friends, traveling for competitions, keeping a strict diet and training regime and of course staying focused in all aspects of life – education, training , job and social.
these are some serious sacrifices for an 18 years old or a 30 years old. It can be exhausting trying to balance all of these in order to make your goal a reality.
Keep reading to see how to make an effective goal setting plan that will help you stay focused and show you the right path for you goal. This worked for students as well as athletes of all ages and experience level!
First of all let’s set 3 important guidelines:
With that in mind we can now move on to understand what is your goal and how to get it!
When setting your goal we will use the S.M.A.R.T method. Its highly effective method used world wide to better understand what is your goal and how to get it.
The S.M.A.R.T method is basically a map that shows you all the objective you need to complete to get to the point that you can achieve your goal.
Let’s break it down.
What is your goal specifically. Be thorough and include when this goal should be accomplished.
M: measurable: this refers to the ability to track your success during the journey. Set pin points and micro destination to see how you progress toward that goal.
A: attainable: your goal should be something you believe you can achieve. Sit down with yourself and think, think about what YOU really want and this will connect to the next step
R: realistic: is your goal realistic? How is it realistic? Its ok to aim high but with reason. If you just started training than you probably will not be a black belt world champion in 1 year.
T: timely: when are you going to accomplish your goals? Goals need to have a deadline because we have a tendency to forget about it or just let it go because of lacking in motivation.
When you know all the parameters above you can now write a deadline for each micro accomplish. Use the SMART method to write down your goals.
The next step is to put your worksheet in a place where you will see it regularly every day.
You can post it on you socail media, hang it on your fridge,any place that you can hold yourself accountable to accomplish the goal you set for yourself.
An example SMART method can be:
S: my goal is to win a major no gi competition this year (worlds /pan ams european) by December
M:for that i will have to keep a good diet plan and walk around close to my competition weight i will focus more on wrestling and improving my no gi game. I will check my performances by doing as many open tournaments as I can (at least 4)
A: this will be attainable because i know that i’m willing to put the work needed to get at least one of these titles. I have a level that is needed and a good supporting team. I will train smart and hard in both athletics and will stay focus in my job.
R: my goal is realistic because i have a strategic plan to
T: I will accomplish this goal by (roughly) december 2020
So, that’s it. Now that you have the structure and an example, you can sit down and write down your goal(s) and get going! Stay motivated!!