With a New Year coming up soon, it is important that we kick it off with a clearly defined set of goals. Our goals are our road map, and we should have goals not only for Taekwondo, but for other aspects of life.
West Houston ATA Martial Arts teaches that goals need to be SMART: (S)pecific, (M)anageable, (A)chievable, (R)ealistic, and (T)ime-based. An example might be changing a goal from “I want to lose weight” to a SMART goal of “I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of March 2015.” We now have something that is very specific (20 pounds), very manageable (diet and exercise), achievable, realistic (20 pounds in three months works out to just under 2 pounds a week), and we have a deadline of the end of March so that we can monitor our progress and adjust as needed.
We suggest that we have no less than three goals in play at any time: a short term goal that will be accomplished within 90 days; an intermediate goal that will accomplished within 6-9 months and a long term goal that will take a year or more to accomplish. Each goal should be broken down into a series of shorter goals that we work on to accomplish the larger goal, somewhat like eating an apple one bite at a time. As we approach completion of a goal, we should be working to replace it with a new goal.
Are your goals set?