Let’s Get Real About Goal Setting
It’s a few weeks into the year and we’re approaching that time when our ambitious New Year’s resolutions are beginning to feel a little less inspired and a little more nagging. A lot of times, we often see that, while someone has WHAT their goal is for the new year, people aren’t really sure HOW they’re going to a reach it. That’s what we’re going to discuss today—goal setting.
SET THE GOAL
One of our jobs as instructors and trainers is to help our clients follow through on their resolutions—or goals as we prefer to call them. When setting goals, it is imperative to make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T.—Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Timely. But, even though it should be attainable, it should stretch you, maybe even be a little scary. I know that when I set goals for myself I always set them higher than I will most likely achieve. This is what keeps me pushing and wanting for more.
The first step in goal setting is to know your WHY. Whether your resolutions stemmed from poor performance on the golf course, poor performance in the gym or possibly an injury that has set you back, there was an internal reason you chose to pursue it—that’s your WHY. You want to improve your short game because you want to win the club championship this year. You want to get stronger because you are tired of being out driven off the tee box.
Okay so the goal is set, but how do you plan on getting there? Maybe you just know you will reach it. Well that’s not good enough. First of all, if you just know you will reach it, you probably didn’t set it high enough.
You set your goal to be difficult, now we’re going to make it easier. Take it and break it down into monthly & weekly mini goals or tasks—again, these will be time-bound tasks—and track it each week.
Example: February – Consistently make 5, 10, 15 foot putts.
As you reach your mini goals, stay motivated. Maybe that means going in on the goal with a partner to stay accountable, or maybe that means awarding yourself with your favorite bourbon when you reach a mini goal. It doesn’t have to be big, just enough to keep you motivated—whatever that means to you.
So it’s December (or the end of whatever your time limit was) and you’ve either succeed or not. If you hit your goal, congrats! If you reached it too easily, then perhaps your it wasn’t high enough. If you didn’t reach your goal, how close were you? Likely, not reaching your goal means that you’re still strides ahead of where you began.
What’s next? You reached your goal or improved in some capacity, use that momentum for your next one, following the same steps.