Goal settings helps you see progress to keep you motivated

 In Coaches, Healthy Lifestyles, Professional & Olympic Athletes

Last week I talked about how to profile your performance albeit work, life, sports, exercise or diet in order to understand the elements that are important to help move you forward. The next step is to take the elements present in you performance profile and set some goals to move you from where you are to where you want to be: long term (1 year), short term (6 months), monthly, weekly and daily.

Goal setting can be whatever you want it to be but it can be challenging which is why it can be really helpful to work with someone like me to ensure you have a clear understanding of how to do it so that you feel successful. I use SMART goals: specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic and time-based goal setting.

Fortunately the performance profile helps because it sets the stage but the long term (1 year), short term (6 months), monthly, weekly and daily goals can seem daunting. If your goals is to get to the Olympics next year, what do you need to do mentally & physically to get there?

There are some important aspects of goal setting:

  1. Be realistic (otherwise you’ll lose motivation, won’t believe in your goals and may get burnt out)
  2. Get specific (specific goals give you a road map to where you need to go)
  3. Allow adjustment (whether you reach them or don’t reach them you need to be fluid & flexible with your goals)
  4. Make sure they are intrinsically important to you (otherwise you are not attached to them)

Goals help keep you on track and guide you in the direction you need to go. When you meet goals, they provide you with a sense of satisfaction and an increase in motivation and confidence.

Happy Training!

Dr. Michelle

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Dr. Michelle Cleere
DR. MICHELLE CLEERE Elite Performance Expert Helping others overcome their performance challenges and tap into their maximum potential is Dr. Michelle’s passion, mission, and promise. MIND EXPERT In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, she helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Having struggled most of her life with her own performance hurdles, she is driven by not wanting others to experience the same battles. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. As many clients attest, their experience with Dr. Michelle is exactly what they needed and more than they expected – it was life changing. AUTHOR, ATHLETE, AND TEACHER In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. She has been involved in many different sports and understands the stress and demands to perform at the top. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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