Begin with the end in mind.
A goal is a desired result that you plan, commit to and achieve! Make sure it is challenging, yet achievable. When assisting children, try to get them to define a couple of intangible goals to add to their list of goals. For example, seeing out the whole season of physie, making a new friend or learning all their routines off by heart. These are significant goals and should not be missed when looking back over your year’s achievements.
Why set goals?
Goals keep us focused
Goals give us challenges and standards to live up to
Goals increase our desire to achieve
Goals help us push through the hard times
Goals allow us to recognise when we have improved or learned new skills
- Goals help improve performance
Here are 5 Goal Setting Tools to get you started!
1) Goal Setting with an App
There are a number of great apps available to help you stay on track! Form new habits, measure your progress and be inspired as you see your goals become a reality with apps such as ‘Strides’ or ‘Lifetrack’. ‘Map My Run’ and ‘My Fitness Pal’ are popular fitness apps to keep you on track with your goals.
2) Create a Vision Board
If you enjoy art or craft, this one is fun! Take a piece of cardboard, large sheet of paper or cork board and decorate with photos, inspirational quotes, ribbon, sequins, textas, scrap booking paper, magazine clippings…anything you like! Teachers, this would make a fantastic physie camp activity for your junior members. I also recently found this vision board post by Vasseur Beauty that you can update as the year goes along! It looks beautiful and would be perfect for a young girls bedroom or perhaps in your office!
3) Pinterest Inspiration Board
Why not pin inspiring photos, quotes and lists to a Pinterest board? You can add your own comments to each image. For example, one of your goals may be to be able to do the splits by the time competitions come around. You could post a photo of a girl doing the splits and write your goal beneath the image. See an example for junior Physie girls by clicking here and an example for seniors here.
4) Create and Frame A Word Cloud
There are a number of free programs, such as ‘tagul.com’, ‘wordle’ or ‘tagxedo’, which allow you to design a word cloud and print it out. Simply list words, quotes or phrases that inspire you. Once printed it could be framed and placed in your office or bedroom. Our example uses a simple word list. You can select the font and colours you like to suit your theme.
5) Write a list
Then there is the good ol’ fashioned list. Write down your goals. Put them in a place where you can revisit them regularly. Include not only the WHAT you are wanting to accomplish but WHY you want to commit to your goals and the steps you will need to take to achieve them.
Happy goal setting!