In Taekwondo, we talk a lot about setting goals. Students at West Houston ATA Martial Arts are encouraged to set their goals for achieving First Degree Black Belt and beyond early in their training. The goals serve as a “roadmap” to achievement. But in order to set a goal, it must be a SMART goal: Specific, Manageable, Achievable, Relative, Time-based. Setting goals like this allow you to monitor your progress and adjust the goal as needed.
We cannot stress how important these five elements are. Let’s take a common New Year resolution: I want to lose weight. Okay….when? How much? Let’s turn that into a SMART goal: I want to lose ten pounds by the end of January. Now we have made it specific and put a deadline in place. This goal is very achievable; it can be managed by diet and exercise; and it is certainly relative to your health!
How about setting a New Year resolution: I want to get fit and learn to defend myself? Give us a call to set up an introductory lesson and plan to start training at least three times a week. We will help you figure out the rest of your SMART goal from there.
See you in class!