Setting effective goals


Q) Explain what a performer may consider when setting goals for physical factors. (4).
Point of explanation

‘A performer may follow the SMART acronym when setting goals for physical factors.’

‘Their goal should be specific one that is not written as a general statement. This means they can focus more closely on a certain element of their physical weakness and give them a clear aim to focus upon which can lead to them improving that area.’

‘Their goal should also be measurable and contain figures that can be compared against. This means it will be easier for them to measure if they have met their physical goals and can help them when considering their next goal as they simply adjust the figures based on the success of the previous session.’

‘Their goal should also be adjustable and not set in stone. This means they can take into account issues such as illnesses, injuries or performance plateau’s that crop up and the goal can take this into consideration and be amended to better suit the performer.’

‘Finally, the performer should also ensure their goal is realistic to their ability levels. This means they can set a target that is challenging but not overstretching which can ensure that they remain motivated in their pursuit of improvement. This can then lead to them giving 100% in all sessions as they know that improvements are within their reach and they will be willing to keep persevering even when the going gets tough.’

Can you now answer:
2) Explain what a performer might consider when setting goals.

Now that we have considered the SMARTER acronym for goal setting, we are ready to set long and short-term goals.