Sometimes people's goals are too vague or distant. Participants lack commitment or get demotivated because their goals appear too difficult to reach. Setting SMART goals can make that goal seem – and be – more achievable and also improve and/or optimise the performance.
Goals that are SMART are:
In this example, Person A is a runner and Person B is a volleyball player.
|Person A||Person B|
|S||Run the Manchester 10 k in a time of 1 hour||To receive serve and make a controlled dig to the setter consistently|
|M||Run three times a week, including one longer run and decrease times by one minute every two weeks||One set of ten reps twice a week in training and measure out of ten|
|A||5 k time is 23 mins; current 10 k time is 1 hour 5 mins||70% success rate in training (7/10)|
|R||Log weekly 5 k/10 k run times and split times||Record scores in training diary|
|T||20 June||2 weeks' time|
'I will be a better netball shooter' is Harriet’s goal. Give three ways in which you could apply the SMART principles to this goal.
Any three of the following:
Specific – improve the accuracy of my shooting
Measurable – 10 shots from 3m away twice a week and measure out of 10
Achievable – 1 m and 2 m shots are 90% successful (8/10); 3 m shots should be 80% successful (8/10)
Recorded – write down scores in training log
Timed – by half-term