Goal setting 101

Goal setting 101

A question that I get asked constantly in my life is how did I actually make it to the Olympic Games in one of the toughest sports physically and mentally going around?

Who were the key people that helped me get there? Of course my family, coaches, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Myotherapist, teammates, Teachers and the list can go on and on! However, one of the most influential people was my sport psychologist.

Psychologist can sometimes have a reputation that you only see them if you have an issue or a situation in your life that you need to deal with. This is definitely not true. There is no way I could have got to the Olympic Games without my sport psychologist! Not to mention handling life after elite sport and trying to fit into the ‘real world’. They teach you skills that you can use in all aspects of life, which I still use everyday of my life.

One of the skills they teach you is how to set goals the correct way and therefore I am going to share with you exactly how to do this to help you achieve your goals! It is fine to say you want to achieve something in life, however, is it realistic? Is it specific? Does it have a timeline? Do you have short-term goals to build up to your long term goals?

Everyone needs goals in life! Goals help you stay motivated, help you stay focused day in day out and give you moments to celebrate and enjoy things in life.

The most important things to remember when writing goals:

  1. Don’t make them too big! You can have small goals that build up to your long term goals. If the goal is too big and too far away you can lose focus and motivation and it all seems too hard so keep them small.
  2. Make them specific and measurable! Make sure they have a date or a day or a number so that it can be measured and ticked off when you achieve it!
  3. Be realistic. Goals are hard to achieve if they are not realistic. They can be something you want to strive for and have to work hard to achieve them, however, make sure you are realistically capable of achieving them and in a realistic time frame.

Goal Setting can be a very powerful tool if you can do it properly.

Think of a something you want to achieve by the end of this week, month and year, write it down and stick it on your wall so you can stay motivated and on track to achieving it!

Happy goal setting!

Stay Active,

Steph x



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