Perfect Goal Setting Pt 1: Why SMART Goals Are Dead & The New Way To Set Goals...

Goal setting. every does it the same… SMART goals… and yet, if this style of goal setting is the answer - why is it that so few people actually reach the goals they set themselves

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As humans, we work on emotions… and if there’s no emotion behind our goals, we won’t find what we need to help us move hell and high-water to achieve them

And with SMART goals, there's no emotion elicited...

But the other thing about SMART goals is that they’re “end-goals”… they’re a destination… something we cannot see yet

So instead of thinking about these end goals, we need to think about WHY we want to achieve them, as that’s where the emotion lies

And at the core, this WHY always comes down to experiences we want to have

For example, I wanted to make the NSW Country Baseball side so I could experience playing at that level… so I could experience what it was like to travel as a team for sport… get a taste of what “professional” athletes get to experience…

And they key question we focus on here is: "if you were to meet yourself in twelve months time, who do you want to meet… not just in sport, but also in life…"

what experiences do you want to have…

Do you want to be more confident in certain settings… do you want to be grittier and more determined when adversity rears her ugly head… do you want to have more belief in yourself… do better in school...

Get a trade or be accepted into uni… do you want to make the 1st grade side, a rep side, or even quite possibly be in a position for state/national selection

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Or perhaps you want more consistency across the board...

What I want is for you to take some time to answer this question… think long and hard about it… in 12 months time, exactly from today, what experiences do I want to have had… what kind of person do I want to be

And then write it down… all of it… (you can use the free 12 months time sheet below to help)

And once you’ve done so, once you've identified the person & athlete you want to become & the experience you want to have, we can begin to identify the skills we require to develop, and then, in turn, work & develop ourselves on becoming that person and cultivating those experiences...

And that's what we will focus on next week in Part 2...

Nick Maier