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How To Set SMART Goals

Swimmers are very ambitious people, but often times, we’ll bite off more than we can chew. A resolution without a plan is just wishful thinking, so it’s super important to set SMART Goals for yourself. Here’s how:

What are SMART Goals?

Firstly, if you want long-term success, be clear about what you want to accomplish. When setting goals, it’s crucial that they be very defined and methodical in your approach. To help you succeed, use the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goal process. The five building blocks for reaching your goals are below:

Fluffy Goal: “My goal is to swim faster”

SMART Goal: “My goal is to drop 4 seconds in the 200 Long Course Meter Freestyle by the Regional Championships on May 31st by focusing on improving my turns and I’ll do this by taking 3 underwater dolphin kicks off every wall in workout.”

Fluffy Goal: “My goal is to lose weight”

SMART Goal: “My goal is to lose 10 lbs by July 31st by swimming 3x/week for 60 minutes, meal prepping twice a week, and weighing in once every week with my best friend.”

SPECIFIC:

MEASURABLE:

ACHIEVABLE:

RELEVANT:

TIME BOUND:

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SMART-ER GOALS

The final thing to remember when it comes to achieving large goals is to actually jump in and get started. That’s why breaking your goals into rituals and process goals is so important. As human beings, we’re wired to avoid disappointment.

If your goals feel unachievable, you’ll start to self sabotage. Don’t work against your brain. Embrace our limitations as humans and work with smaller, more manageable goals and rituals.

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