At some point, you’ve probably heard of the SMART goal acronym. Perhaps you’ve used this goal-setting framework to set some personal or work-related goals?
But have you ever thought about the SMART goal format in terms of your martial arts goals? If not, here are some tips on setting SMART martial arts goals:
Establishing a clearly defined goal helps you determine when you’ve achieved it. If you set a goal like “lose weight” or “improve my health,” how will you know when you’ve achieved success? Instead, make your goal specific. Something like, “Attend Jiu-Jitsu classes three days a week for the next month.”
When setting a goal, you’ll also need a way to measure your progress and track results. Starting with a specific goal will put you on the right track for also measuring it.
If you want to “get healthy,” how will you measure your progress? It would be tough because “get healthy” is too vague. But if your goal is “to attend three classes for the next month,” then you have the specifics to measure your progress toward your goal.
Instead of setting goals based on where you’d like to be with your Jiu-Jitsu training, start with your current status and build from there. If it’s been a while since you had a consistent training routine, it can be tempting to set your goals based on where you were when you last left off.
Jumping into a training program and doing too much too soon can increase your risk of injury. You might also find your training less enjoyable, and your motivation might drop off. Stick to martial arts goals that are challenging but realistic.
When setting your martial arts goals, think about your current training routine as well as your habits, lifestyle, and what you’d like to change. If a goal isn’t that important to you, pick something more relevant. Now is a great time to set a goal that challenges you and makes you excited to attend classes each week.
Give your goal a timeline. If there is no endpoint, then achieving your goal could keep getting pushed into the future. By giving yourself a deadline, then you’re more likely to stay motivated and accountable.
At Team Rhino Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Meridian, we provide high-quality Jiu-Jitsu training and support to all of our students. To learn more about the programs we offer and how to get started, contact us today.