Good Day Friends 🙂
Today, I want to change the tempo a bit from my last few posts. I’ve been writing about ME for the last few weeks, so now it is time for me to take the backseat for a bit, and for me to offer you something positive that you can use to create a more fulfilling existence. Because I spend much of my time coaching or training at AliveMMA in Portland, Oregon, what I am presenting today is based on the context of physical training. However, there are simple anologies that can be drawn to many ofther aspects of life, so I encourage you to think outside the little box and experiment with where you can apply this advice in your daily life. As always, I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and stories, so send them my way! Alright, here we go!
Why Do We Set Goals?
The purpose of establishing goals is to focus our attention. The mind will not strive for achievment until it has clear objectives. When we set goals, the switch is turned on, the current begins to flow, and the power to acc0mplish becomes reality. Once you have established the goals you want and the price you are willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, performance pressure and the temporary failures that come with any difficult endeavor. Remember, just saying you want to succeed is not good enough. The only way to succeed in life is to be committed to reaching your goals. Past actions, if duplicated, will yeild similar (unsatisfactory) results. If you want to make positive change, you have to work toward positive change. In other words, if you stay on the same path, you will always achieve the same results. Time to think outside the box!
Where Do You Start?
First things first: set SMART goals. S= SPECIFIC, M = MEASURABLE, A = ATTAINABLE, R = REALISTIC, T = TIME SENSITIVE
Specific = Define what you want
Measureable = Determine how you will track your progress
Attainable = Develop the abilities, skills, and attitude to acheive success
Realistic = Establish goals that you are willing and able to acheive
Time Sensitive = Create a timeline to acheive your goal; provide yourself with a sense of urgency to accomplish what you desire.
Here are 6 unique areas in which goal setting is important:
1. Physical Goals = Work to increase proficiency in any/all of the 10 general physical skills (Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Strength, Speed, Power, Agility, Balance, Coordination, Flexibility, Stamina, Accuracy)
2. Technical Goals = Essentially, PRACTICE. Developing a specific skill set, entirely dependent on individual’s primary sport/activity/hobby etc.
3. Tactical Goals = Recon! Studying the opposition to determine their weaknesses, and developing your game to capitalize on those weaknesses. Alternatively, determining what, if anything, stands in your way, then begin working to overcome the obstacles preventing you from acheiving success.
4. Psychological Goals = Developing mental coping skills. Concentration. Visualization. Positive Self-Talk. Developing an “Iron Will”.
5. Behavioral Goals = Foster a team mentality. Creating a competitive attitude, playing like a champion, learning how to lose graciously and win with humility.
6. Environmental Goals = Learning effective time management skills. Incorporating rest, recovery and leisure time into your training schedule. Eat for success. Spend time away from the gym/playing field, and developing other positive aspects of your life.
After determining a series of goals you want to accomplish, follow these action steps to ensure your success!
1. Write down what you want to accomplish, and WHY. Tell 5 people your goals, and ask them to help hold you accountable. Recruit a partner who is working toward a similar goal.
2. Write out a list of barriers that might prevent you from acheiving your goals, then form a plan to overcome each obstacle.
3. Visualize your goals, develop a program for success, and relentlessly pursue your success!
4. Be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the more focus you will develop, and the easier it will be to gauge your progress.
5. Follow a timeline. Goals are acheived piece by piece, rep by rep, day by day. Set small goals that build to your big acheivement!
6. Maintain accountability! Give yourself progress reports on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, and involve other people in your goals.
Pursue your goals with discipline. Realize that time is your only finite commodity, so plan accordingly. Work with a purpose, and channel your passion to produce the results you desire! We’ll talk more about goals and goal setting in future posts, but the information here is enough to establish a solid foundation for future success. Until next time…