Goal setting and motivation

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Motivation is something many people will struggle with as they progress with their training. An understanding of why you train will not only help you through the difficult times but also make it easier for you to enjoy your training in the long run. By understanding what it is that you enjoy about Parkour you can focus on those aspects to keep enjoying yourself.

Whatever your motivations are they will usually have measurable goals. e.g. i want to do a particular cat to arm. i want to be able to run 6 km in under 30 mins.
If you can start to create some clear goals to follow you will find it much easier to find satisfaction with your training and not feel frustrated by lack of progression. Some goals are long term and could take years to achieve, while others can be set at the start of a training session and completed by the end of it. Whatever the goals the following steps can help you keep focused and committed to what you are trying to achieve.

The following concept can be applied to large scale goals that will take years to achieve as well as small ones that can take a matter of minutes or hours.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R
Specific – Indicate precisely what is to be done. Avoid vague alternatives;
Measurable – You should be able to quantify your goal;
Accepted – Goals must be accepted as worthwhile, realistic and attainable;
Recorded – Write your goals down. This is the basis of a contract with yourself;
Time constrained – Set specific time-limits;
Evaluated – Monitor your progress regularly;
Reversible – In the event of injury, or failure to achieve over-difficult goals, reset your goals accordingly.

Be aware that sometimes it is necessary to breakdown a larger goal into smaller ones that help you progress to the final objective.

Motivation is something many people will struggle with as they progress with their training. An understanding of why you train will not only help you through the difficult times but also make it easier for you to enjoy your training in the long run. By understanding what it is that you enjoy about Parkour you can focus on those aspects to optimise the experience for yourself.

FURTHER READING

  1. http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/goal-setting.html
  2. http://www.mindtools.com/page6.html
  3. http://www.topachievement.com/goalsetting.html