Sports Performance

Are your goals really motivating you – or your team?

Goal without a plan

TEST: Are your goals really motivating you – or your team?
As a coach or a keen sports person, you are most likely very familiar with  for yourself or your team and aware of the importance of making those goals SMART. As in specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely.

Creating SMART goals is a good first step to set the direction and ensure success, however plans and actions cannot be effectively carried out if motivation is lacking or if there is too much conflict, self-doubt or limiting beliefs present. Before you set out to implement you plans it is therefore a good idea to make an assessment of the strength of your own or your team’s motivation and confidence. Here is a tool from my Performance Coaching toolbox for doing just that.

Step 1:                   Write down your goal.

Step 2.  Rate your degree of belief in the goal in relation to each of the following statements on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. (If working with a team, ask each team member to do the rating.)

Tip: Go with your instinct. Don’t overthink your answer.

 

  1. “My goal is desirable and important. I want to reach it.”

 

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5

 

  1. “It is possible for me to reach my goal.”

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5

 

  1. “What I have to do in order to reach my goal is appropriate and in line with my sense of who I am.”

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5

 

  1. “I have the capabilities I need to reach my goal.”

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5

 

 

  1. “I have the responsibility (it is up to me) to reach my goal.”

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  1. “I deserve to reach my goal.”

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5

 

What do you think of your answers? Is there any area that could benefit from being addressed in order to ensure a successful outcome? What do you need to put in place to increase the lower scores?

*Test adapted from the work of Robert Dilts; Belief systems and change.

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