Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals

Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals

Your Goals should be S.M.A.R.T.


When setting goals – I want you to think of the acronym S.M.A.R.T. Goals should be:






Time Sensitive


A Goal should first of all be Specific.  A general goal isn’t really a goal; saying things like “I want to lose weight”, or, “I want to get better grades” doesn’t qualify as a goal.  A goal must first of all be Specific.


Next, Goals should be Measurable.  You have to set goals that are measurable so you can track your progress. Tracking your progress helps you stay on track. 


Goals should also be Attainable and Realistic.  Goals should challenge you – but they shouldn’t be impossible. Make your goals slightly out of reach – but not impossible to accomplish.


Finally, goals should be Time-Sensitive.  They say that a goal without a deadline isn’t really a goal – it’s a dream.


Think about what you learn in your training; Martial Arts is the perfect model for goal setting. Each Belt or Goal has a Specific curriculum.  Each Goal/Belt includes Stripe Testing that we use to measure your progress.  Each Goal/Belt is Attainable and Realistic.  Each level challenges you but it’s not impossible.  Finally, each goal is Time Sensitive. This is why we give you a set amount of time to accomplish each goal.  Because without a deadline – it’s not al goal.

When setting goals- use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym and the Martial Arts belt model as examples to help you plan your goals.  

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