You may be aware of the importance of goals when it comes to driving performance. Goals give us a picture of where we’re going and so our focus, motivation and actions are all aligned to achieve. So what’s at play here? Why are goals so important? In particular, why are they important when it comes to physical training? We’ve gone to the experts and got some answers.
Why do goals work?
There are three reasons goals work. Firstly, they provide direction and as the saying goes “if you don’t know where you’re going you might not like where you end up!” The next part is they facilitate planning, this is where the action takes place. For example; if you’ve set a goal to lose 10 pounds then from there you can make a plan to reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise by taking specific actions like planning meals and workouts. By making a specific action-focused plan that feeds back into the original goal you are then motivated (the third reason!) to move ahead and actually achieve.
What is a quality goal?
A quality goal should be defined in a SMART way (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) these qualities ensure a goal is action oriented, for example if your goal is to increase strength you should define how you’re going to measure this increase in strength, how often you’re going to train and what you’re going to do to work towards this specific goal, these actions should be possible and not so far outside of your ability that it’s impossible to do the training, lastly there should be a time frame these actions are completed within.
Why goals drive performance? Particularly when it comes to sport & physical training?
Goals are particularly important for sport and physical training as the body requires repeated, controllable actions to grow, and gain strength and speed. Unlike other goals many of the variables that contribute to physical performance are within an athlete’s control. This doesn’t make the training and achieving of physical goals any easier (if it was easier everyone would do it!) but it does mean that barriers are often mental not physical.
Hopefully you now understand how important goals are to your overall performance. Tommy and the team here at Empowers Performance want to help you achieve your goals. So, if you’re struggling with your training program, nutrition or just need some guidance & support to get your on your way, we’re here. Contact us today to get started.