SMART goals


Planning a block of training can really determine your goals. But to be of much use they have got to be SMART. Some of you may already be bored now – yeah, yeah, we all know this, S for specific, M for measurable, A for achievable, R for relevant, and T for time-bound. But do you actually do it? I was most recently reminded of this concept when flicking through my notes from the BTF level 2 coaching course.

So in practise, does this actually work? At the beginning of the year I wrote on a piece of paper – amongst other things – by the end of July I want to have improved my 10 mile time trial PB to sub 23 minutes. Why is this a much better goal than ‘I want to get faster on the bike’?

Have you ever set goals and then not achieved them? Did you have the best of intentions to do something about them, yet somehow, did not get there in the end? Maybe you started something yet got side-tracked with work commitments, kids and other family responsibilities?

Well, you are not alone and are in good company with many athletes! To help you stay on track and keep you going, the first step is to clearly identify what it is you want to achieve, before exploring your motivation and making a detailed plan as to how you are going to get there.

This article will help you set your goals so you do achieve them.