SMART Goal Setting Motivates for Success
Which of the two following goals is likely to be most motivating? “I want to run faster” or “In 3 months, I will be able to run 5km in 30 minutes by running 5km 3 times per week”.
To maximise your motivation to achieve, it’s best to set goals that acknowledge where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there.
The clearer the goal is, the easier it is to know what it is you need to do to achieve it.
So when you’re setting goals, either for your Duke of Ed sections or for any life goals, make sure they’re SMART goals. They give direction, purpose and meaning that will motivate you to achieve.
S.M.A.R.T. is the acronym for goals that are:
- Specific: Your goal should very clearly outline what you want to happen – ask yourself what, why, when and where to help you get more specific.
- Measurable: You should be able to track your goal because it is clear what it looks like when you have got there.
- Attainable: Can you achieve these goals? Is it doable? Set yourself up for success, not disappointment with not achieving something that was always unrealistic.
- Relevant: The goal should be something you want to achieve and is relevant to you.
- Timely: You should set a time-frame for your goal. This helps with procrastination.