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.