Goal Setting

Please read through below to understand how you should set your goals and evaluate.



Goals play a huge part in your everyday life as they provide a sense of direction, motivation and focus
Setting goals can be fun and challenging at the same time if the goal is reasonable and SMART.
Properly worded goals should cover all of these criteria and eventually help you focus on your end result and increase the chances of achieving it. 

What are smart goals?
SMART goals are one of the most famous goal setting techniques where behind every letter is a keyword to help you set a goal that is clear, realistic, and measurable. 

Goals meet SMART criteria if they are:

 Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
  Why do I need to set smart goals in swimming?
Setting goals in sports can be difficult as sometimes you set your goals too high (it’ll be impossible to achieve them) and sometimes you set them too low (it’ll be way too easy to achieve them) and you won’t feel as motivated. 

Perfectly formulated goals are reachable and motivating and will keep you on your toes. Well structured goals will provide a PROCESS to achieving an end result which keeps you motivated on the small steps to the end result.


Make sure your goals are detailed and visual
For example, you can set your goal to qualify for Junior Nationals but is this specific? What event/s do you want to qualify in? Where will you qualify? etc

Specific goals have a higher chance of being achievable. 
To make a goal specific, here are some questions that might help you:
  • What exactly do I want to achieve?
  • Where?
  • How?
  • When?
  • With whom?
  • What are the conditions and limitations?
  • Why do I want to reach this goal?


The aim is to break your goal down into measurable components. For swimming some of the measurements will be related to training. For example if your Specific goal was to qualify for Junior Nationals in the 800 Freestyle what would be some of the indicators of progress to this goal?
Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, be prepared for the upcoming competition in time, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal. Work closely with your coach on this.
To have a measurable goal, it should answer the following questions:
  • How much?
  • How will I know if I have reached my goal?
  • What is my indicator of progress?

A smart goal has to be achievable and attainable. Don’t make the same mistake as a lot of people do by making their goals unreachable. 
Your goal should keep you on your toes, but still, make you feel like your goal is doable.
 You can help yourself by asking these two questions:
  • Do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve the goal? If not, what am I missing?
  • How have others done it successfully before?


The main question is who am I doing this for? Me or someone else? Being successful for yourself is more important than doing enough for someone else. 
Personal goals will help achieve more than motivation for someone else. Self-motivation leads to smart training and helps you achieve your goals. 
Make sure your goals are important to YOU!


A smart goal should always have a start and finish date. If there isn’t any specific timeframe to your goal it won’t be as motivating to fulfill it. 
Try asking yourself:
  • Does my goal have a deadline?
  • By when do I want to achieve this goal?


Remember that your goal has to be specific, meaning you can use these questions we mentioned earlier to shape your goal and make it more understandable. 
Be sure to break your goal into measurable pieces so that it’ll be easier to track your progress and stay motivated. 
The aim is to keep you on your toes but still make you feel like your goal is achievable. Do it because you want to, not for anyone else. 
Make sure you have a start and finish date added to your goal