Always set SMARTER targets:
Targets must be specific to your ability and be easily measurable. It also important that the targets set are achievable and realistic. Targets must also be time-phased. Short-term targets influence long-term targets. Short-term targets usually relate to specific areas of development. Try to ensure that achieving short term goals provides satisfaction and that they are linked to daily and weekly action plans. Long-term goals are often classified as outcome goals. Try to use outcome goals such as improving your performance.
Short-term exampleAn example of a realistic short-term target could be to develop your cardio-respiratory endurance by increasing your training zone from 70% to 75% of your maximum after 2 weeks training.
Long-term exampleAn example of a realistic long-term target could be to develop your cardio-respiratory endurance to a level that will improve your overall performance and win a certain event.
Benefits of setting targets are:
- It increases motivation and determination ie. if you reach your first short term target this will motivate you to continue
- It reinforces the desire to keep working and builds self-confidence
- It provides valuable feedback which will help identify development needs, training requirements and provide a starting point to monitor progress
This information was taken from a BBC website for the purpose of a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday 14th January.