Setting the right set of goals is important. They should provide focus and enhance motivation. All too often, goals are not set or are forgotten soon after they are set. It is right to adapt goals to changing circumstances but they provide a crucial, clear-sighted discipline to keep you on track.
Most people do not realise that there are 3 types of goals but by using all 3 in the appropriate ways, training, motivation and performance will all improve significantly.
So, your programme should consist of all 3 types; Outcome, Performance and Process. Let’s look briefly at each.
Outcome Goals. Typically, dependent on the result of an event. Of course, this is important but it is also dependent on something outside of your control; the ability and performance of your opponent.
Performance Goals. These are more under your control and often in comparison with your past performances. e.g. The tennis player who aims to move from 65% to 70% of his first serves in.
Process Goals. These focus on actions needed during a performance. e.g. The swimmer who aims to maintain a long stretched out arm pull in her race.
Outcome goals can keep you motivated during training. Focusing on the feeling you’ll have in winning the boxing match in 3 months’ time can motivate you to go out and run on that miserable winter evening. However, outcome goals too close to an event can often increase anxiety.
Performance and Process goals can be much more precise and do not rely on anyone but yourself. A sense of being in control is vital for ensuring you reach peak arousal level and interpret it positively.
A good programme incorporating all three types of goals will set you up to maximize your potential, reduce your stress levels and move you consistently towards optimum performance.
If you would like a be-spoke training programme, including goal setting and much more to improve your training and performance please contact Steve Neesam at Together Therapy in Eastbourne here.