I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I find they generally give people permission not to achieve them, which is exactly what stops people moving forward to where they want to go.
I prefer instead to invest time in setting really good goals. Tangible way points along the year that I can see clearly and are definite markers for me to hit. This is where the SMART acronym above comes in.
Now this post is just focusing on agility-related goals, but I feel I should point out that over the years I've learned a LOT about goal-setting. And the more I've learned, the fewer agility-related goals I find myself setting.
Because the important part of the SMART acronym is the 'Relevant' bit. And whilst I LOVE competing in agility with my dogs, there are other important areas of my life which have influence on my priorities.
For example, a poor goal for me would be:
Enter an agility show every weekend between April - September 2016.
Because that doesn't allow for my other priorities: my family (including those dogs no longer competing - they're quite fond of snoozing on the sofa rather than being at shows now ;) ), my brother's wedding this year, my business etc. Something to think about! And if you'd like more help and advice with figuring out priorities in your life, please do contact my guru of choice, Dr Kathrine McAleese from Mind To Win. She's a game changer! :)
Anyway, back to agility goals. And here's 3 different types of goals you might want to consider:
Performance based goals are ones that we have an influence over. For example - we have control over whether we go clear & fast around a course, but we don't have control over whether other people will go clear and faster than us.
So rather than set an Outcome goal of "I'm going to win the class" which is within the hands of others, you could set a Performance goal of "I'm going to remember the course and take my dog around it without any mistakes".
Process goals go into what's within our control even further. So we all know that even with the best dog and the best handling, occasionally a stray pole will fall or some other act of God will interfere with an otherwise lovely run.
But with Process goals we can think more about the detail of our performance. So you're ability to retain the course map in your head, to remain connected to your dog around all of the obstacles, to be able to use the correct verbal cues at the right time etc. Those things are very specific Process goals that you could set yourself, as these are very much within your sphere of influence.
For a more detailed description and further examples, check out the Peak Performance Center website here.
So having had a bit of a think and having worked out what goals you might choose to set - then what do you do with them? I used to share them on my blog and with anyone who cared to listen! :D
But my business mentor Michael Hyatt, creator of goal-setting course '5 Days To Your Best Year Ever' shared an interesting nugget of information recently. There's evidence to suggest that SHARING your goals could well be detrimental to you achieving them - check out this TED talk by Derek Sivers:
Today I'm grateful for everything I've ever learned about goal-setting as it's had a big impact on my life in many different ways. And more than that, I'm grateful for those friends who have supported me in reaching them :)