Effective Goal Setting

Posted: November 2, 2020

Goal setting: a method of accomplishing a certain standard of ability on a targeted task within a specific amount of time. It is important that your goals are SMART. Why? Ineffective goal setting creates a pattern of haphazard, wasteful attempts toward a task that ultimately dampens your motivation. Appropriate goal setting helps you succeed by allowing you to evaluate your progress and modify or redirect your efforts.


Components of setting EFFECTIVE Goals:

Specific- make your goals as specific as you can get them

Measurable- goals should be observable and measurable

Action-oriented- have a game plan and make it challenging

Realistic- goals must be challenging, but also realistic

Timed- have a date for completion


Example:                                                     Dream Goal:

Obtain a Division-I Scholarship to play soccer

Long-Term Goals:

- Be a captain

- Keep my grades at a 3.5 GPA

Short-Term Goals:

- Be loud on the practice field and in games

- Work on ball control

- Finish all homework by the end of the week


Daily Goals:

- Stay focused 95% of my time at practice

- Spend 2 hours studying each night

- Spend 30 minutes juggling every day

- Search for different college teams to play for


Robyn Antoyan is a certified athletic trainer at Compete and has her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology