Teaching our Students to set SMART Goals

February 2, 2016

The most important leadership skill we can learn and teach is how to properly set goals with plans to achieve them.  It is important for our students to know that:

 

*We must work to achieve our goals, otherwise they are simply wishes.

 

*Every goal needs a starting point, an ending point, and a schedule.

 

*Big, long term goals should be broken down into smaller intermediate goals.

 

*Every goal must be written down to maintain our focus.

 

Every goal needs to contain five things:

 

S – Specific – The goal states exactly what you want to achieve.

 

M – Motivating – The goal offers exciting reward.

 

A – Achievable – It is possible to reach your goal.

 

R – Relevant – The goal means something to you.

 

T – Trackable –

 

Progress towards your goal can be measured.

 

Examples of SMART martial arts goals:

 

*I want to be able to recite the Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo oath by heart at our next class.

 

*I want to memorize Songahm EE-Jahng #2 before next month.

 

With your help, we can teach our students how to better set goals both on the mat and off.

 

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