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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
a goal specific, here are some questions that might help
- What exactly do I want to
- With whom?
- What are the conditions and
- Why do I want to reach this
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
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
goal has to be achievable and attainable. Don’t make
the same mistake as a lot of people do by making their goals
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
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
Make sure your goals are important to
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.
- Does my goal have a deadline?
- By when do I want to achieve
Remember that your goal has to be specific, meaning you can use
these questions we mentioned earlier to shape your goal and make it
Be sure to break your goal into measurable pieces so that
it’ll be easier to track your progress and stay
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
Make sure you have a start and finish date added to your goal