Training requires time! Time is something that everyone invests but not everyone invests it wisely or with purpose. In Martial Arts training, we invest our time. That’s a fact. The time we spend during training means little if we do not set goals for ourselves. It can be anything! From the amount of weight that we want to lose, to getting that black belt, to staying healthy. A lot of students may have goals, but the next question is: are these effective goals? There is no trade secret when it comes to setting goals. All it takes is to give our goals a bit more direction than how we look at it.
Our goal is for every student to be better individuals. Here is how to map out your goals:
Your Goals Need to be Specific!
Yes, goals need to be specific. Losing weight, or getting that belt promotion is a great goal, but what you need to do is pump in more energy into that goal by asking how much weight do I want to lose? Or what belt do I wish to achieve? (hopefully, your the black belt). Being specific will give you a clearer idea on how you are to focus on your training.
Your Goals Need to be Measurable!
Goals needs to be measured. How else would you be able to check your progress? You will need to measure your progress based on tangible factors. In the case of getting in shape, regular measurement of your progress can increase the level of motivation that you have in training. For one thing, the goals that can be set during training can be measured by the amount of weight lost, the number of promotions achieved etc. Specific to your goals are the measurement that you are to set with it.
Your Goals Need to be Attainable!
You will know your limits of what you can achieve and how you will achieve it. For most people who have set unrealistic goals, they often fall into trap of losing momentum in training simply because they push themselves to achieving something that cannot be achieved. However, there is no limit to what you think you can attain. Attainable goals are goals which can be made real with a specific time in place. Is getting promoted to a black belt possible within 3 months of training? Certainly not. What will be required to get that goal is discipline and growth. That will require time and that will require more than 3 months!
Allow yourself to gauge what is required to reach that goal and how much time you think is needed to get to reach it. Should you need guidance in setting what is attainable, talk to your instructor and lay everything in the table. Ask to be guided on what you want to achieve.
Your Goals Need to be Relevant!
This means choosing the goals that matter the most. What we may value in training may be different to what you value and vice-versa, but knowing the relevance of the goal to you is as important as the goal itself. Getting physically fit is a relevant goal. Wanting to know how to defend yourself is a relevant goal. Living a lifestyle of discipline and a positive outlook in life is relevant as well.
Your Goals Need to be Time Bound
What is the most important thing in this world? Some might answer “money,” or “passion,” or even “love.” However, all of these answers seem out of place, because they fall short of time. Yes, time is the most powerful resource any of us have. In setting your goals, always remember that everything that we do will require time. In setting goals, consider the amount of time that you are to spend in achieving your goal. A black belt promotion will require time in training and getting to that level where you can be called one. To lose weight and become more confident in your daily affairs requires time to develop.
Remember to always set goals and when you reach them set new ones, so you are continually growing and bettering yourself and the people around you.