Yes it seems a bit unrealistic, so how do I get it?

“The danger is not to set your goal too high and fail to reach it. It’s to set your goal too low and reach it.” – UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre

Attributes like motivation, focus, and confidence are essential when trying to reach any type of goal you set. It is important that you don’t set goals that are too easy to obtain and at the same time, you shouldn’t set goals that are out of your control? Actually, you need a combination of them both. 

One tip for writing goals is to identify your outcome goals from your process and performance goals. This helps you reach for dream goals whilst maintaining confidence and motivation. This layering of goals provides the much-needed step ladder to dreams that at times seem unreachable. 

There are three types of goals: Outcome goals, performance goals, and process goals. Separating goals help organise your thought process and allow you to focus on what you want to accomplish.

OUT OF YOUR CONTROL 

An outcome goal is a goal that isn’t under your control. It’s the dream goal! For example: winning a competition or being the player of the season. 

80 % UNDER YOUR CONTROL

Performance goals are the building blocks that enable you to accomplish your outcome goal. Performance goals are your Key Performance Indicators. They are measurable, objective ways to measure progress towards your outcome. For example, an athlete may want to win a match at the weekend as an outcome, one of their performance goals may be to physically last the whole match. This ability doesn’t directly affect the athlete's ability to win the match but it does provide an indication that they are progressing and it up to 80% under the athlete's control. 

100% UNDER YOUR CONTROL 

Process goals help an athlete reach their performance goals. Process goals are 100% under your control. They are the small steps you take to get to the performance goals set during each training session or game. For example, an athlete may squat 80kg 10 times on Tuesday. This process goal is a binary behaviour that indicates the athlete is likely to maintain strength for the whole game. 

Starting with the OUTCOME goals and working your way down can help provide guidance and give you a clearer picture of what your performance indicators are and the process required to reach them. Then trust your process and if it's not working be patient. If you do want to change something, tweak the process, not the dream!

So set goals that seem out of reach, just make sure you also set performance and process goals to achieve them as it's in these daily goals that you obtain your confidence, motivation and focus. 

Adam

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