Bad News: You Don’t Understand Goal Setting Part 2

The second part of this two part series focuses on educating people on and short, medium, and long term goals. Like superficial, personal, and habitual goals, these goals are tools that are used in different ways but are all aimed at the same result. Once you understand all of them, and how to combine them, you should have something akin to a road map for your idea of success.

Short Term

iStock-Baby-StepsThis type of goal should be invented daily. It represents the little steps which add up to your medium and long term goals. “Drill one hundred single legs”, “Win a one minute period against Bob at practice,” “ride out Bob”, “run a mile after practice.” These types of goals are easy to understand and evaluate as a success or failure.

The key to short term goals, and medium term goals, is making sure they align with your long term superficial goals. If you can take anyone down, but get pinned by anyone with the guts to throw a half nelson, you don’t need to stay after practice drilling single legs. The trick to managing all these goals is keeping them all thoughtfully dedicated to a single purpose.

Medium Term

10917291_10152507275071637_333556671883684674_nMedium term goals are about changing patterns. They are the significant steps that should occur on the way to your long term superficial goals. For instance a short term might be, “I want to beat Bob in practice today,” while a medium term goal would be, “I want to be better than Bob,” and all the while you are working towards winning Fargo.

“Become the best leg rider in the state,” “master the stand-up”, “become more explosive wrestler”, “be the toughest kid on the team”….these are all stepping stones that sit in the space between what you do on a daily basis, and the goals you can only fulfill on certain days of the year.

Long Term

reaching-dreamsLong Term goals can be superficial or conceptual. “I want to win the Olympics”, and “I want to the most well respected wrestler in the state” are both acceptable long term goals. The crucial aspect of forming these goals is knowing yourself and what you want. What is success to you? What level of success do you want?

These questions are mostly a function of how disciplined you are and how disciplined you want to become. If you are unwilling to wrestle in the off season and refuse to quit smoking cigarettes, winning Fargo might not be in the cards, but this doesn’t mean there success isn’t an option.

The Grid

As an exercise in goal setting fill out the grid below. Fitting your superficial, personal, and habitual goals into short medium and long term contexts can be challenging and confusing at first, but after some thought the use of each box will become clear, and you be able to pursue your goals with clarity.

Download “The Grid” PDF Here

Lastly, don’t take on too much at once. You don’t have to reach all your goals all the time, but never reaching them is hurtful to confidence and tends to derail the process. Similarly, suffocating yourself with a huge number of goals is another way to engineer failure. Place yourself in positions to succeed.

If you enjoyed this two part series on Goal Setting, check out this article on a CRUCIAL difference between the mentalities of successful and frustrated people, HERE.


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