How to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for the New Year…
Setting goals is one of the most significant methods for achieving success. It is not taught in schools, but can help you stay on track and let you know when you may need to make adjustments. Setting a goal for your Muay Thai training will help your coach know specifically how they can best support you. It will also give you clear direction not only on what you want to achieve but how best to accomplish your goals.
At Double Dose Muay Thai we recommend using the S.M.A.R.T. goals method.
S=Specific. Be specific in what you want. Saying you want to compete is not specific enough. Saying exactly what you want to achieve in your Muay Thai competition and by what date you will achieve it, is more along the lines of what you want so be specific.
M=Measurable. Writing out how you’ll know when you have achieved your desired outcome will let you know what evidence is necessary for you to know for certain that you have achieved your desired outcome and signal you to begin writing out your next goal. Remember after reaching your goal it is important to immediately write out your next one.
A=As if. Write it as if you have already achieved it. Example: It is ___________ date and I have achieved __________ (desired outcome). By stating it this way it insure you properly visualize the outcome you want and when you want to achieve it. Stating it like this makes it more real and less of a wish.
R=Reasonable. Making your goal reasonable is important. We want you to think big yet be realistic. If you said I want to be a Muay Thai Champion by tomorrow, is that reasonable? Right. So stretch yourself from your comfort zone but be reasonable at the same time. Remember, the most growth you will experience is when you are outside your comfort zone so be ready for a little discomfort if you really want to change. Success in anything requires sacrifice, be willing to also give something up to reach your goals.
T=Towards. Make sure it is towards what you want. State it in the positive and towards what you want. Never state what you don’t want or say something like I don’t want to lose my MuayThai fight. State it as a towards-statement and make sure it moves you towards your biggest goal.
A few notes on goal setting before you begin to set your New Years goals. I have been a Muay Thai teacher for a couple of decades. As such I have helped many people achieve their goals. Often, people have said when talking about their goals, that they have these big lofty goals, but they just don’t know how they would possibly achieve them. I am a firm believer that when you know the why, the how will come. So take some time to figure out exactly why you really want your desired outcome. When you know the WHY the HOW will come.
Setting short-term simpler goals is an effective method to keep you motivated but don’t forget to have some Big Hairy Audacious Goals as well. If your big goal doesn’t make you a little uneasy (perhaps even a little scary) it’s just not big enough. Remember, when you set short-term goals they should always help move you closer to those BIG goals!
It is my hope that this simple exercise in goal setting will help you achieve all your goals for the New Year! I have included a sample form to help you to easily and effortlessly write out your goals. Many of you reading this have Muay Thai training goals. Don’t forget that you can use this to set goals in all the major areas of your life such as : Relationships, financial, spiritual, career, family, health and of course Muay Thai. Enjoy setting your goals. Please feel free to let me know how this helps you. If you’d like additional success coaching check out the success coaching page at www.gokickit.com to schedule a FREE 45 minute consultation. Sawasdee Bi Mai Krub! (Happy New Year!), Respectfully,
A simple form for you to use courtesy of Double Dose Muay Thai
It is ____________________ (Date) and I, ________________________________________ (Name)
Have achieved _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(Goal)
I know this because ________________________________________________________ (Evidence)
Now write down how this makes you feel…now.
That’s it. Simple, yet effective. Refer to this often and write out new S.M.A.R.T. Goals every time you achieve one!