Create them. Write them down. Make positive changes happen in your life!
If you want to see changes happen in your life, you have to start by setting goals. Goals can help us make many positive changes in our lives. But, if we don’t write them down, they are only just a dream! In order to create lasting changes, our goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely - SMART! But, what does that really look like?
Let’s take a look at a few examples:
Goal 1: “I want to be better” - this goal has me asking many questions: Better at what? How do you measure “better?” When will you be better? You see, this really isn’t a SMART goal.
Goal 2: “I want to be faster at 50 freestyle” - Great! We know you want to be faster at 50 freestyle but, by when? And, how much faster? And, is faster realistic? This also isn’t a SMART goal.
Goal 3: “I want to improve my 50 butterfly time by 25 seconds.” - Awesome! We know you want to improve your 50 butterfly time but we still don’t know when you want to accomplish this and, chances are, dropping 25 seconds is likely unrealistic!
Goal 4: “I want to improve my 50 breaststroke time by 2 seconds before the swim meet on December 16, 2018.” - PERFECT! This is a very specific goal, it is measurable (2 seconds), it is attainable (most swimmers can drop 2 seconds with a lot of focused practice), it is Realistic (2 seconds isn’t a huge amount of time so it’s much more realistic than 25 seconds), and it’s timely (by Dec 16, 2018).
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
What exactly do I want to do?
How will I track my progress?
Is this realistic for me? Do I have what it takes to make this possible?
Is this goal within your reach?
When will I have this completed?