Goal Setting as a swimmer

Updated: Nov 5

What?... Is Goal Setting?

Goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and time frames.


For Example: Make a specific time or Qualify for a specific meet or even being able to complete something difficult in practice.


Why?... Do we set Goals?:

We set goals to motivate and guide us toward achieving what we want to accomplish.


For Example: When we learn to ride a bike we normally do not go straight from walking to no training wheels. We normally have to learn to pedal the bike, and then after we learn how to balance and a few other steps we normally can go on two wheels. We set mini goals with ourselves to be able to ride a bike without crashing.


How?... Do we set Goals?:




Step 1: Determine your goal

Goal Types

Long-Term Goal = 10 years

Short-term Goal = 1 – 5 years

Immediate Goal = six months to a year



Bad Goal:

I want to cut time in my 100 short course backstroke.


Good Short-term Goal:

I want to get a 1:02.69 in my Short Course 100 Backstroke by May 2025.


Step 2: Determine if your goal is Specific

Goal: I want to get a 1:02.69 in my Short Course 100 Backstroke by May 2025.


To determine; does your goal have an exact time frame and is it specific to what you want to achieve?


The more specific you can get, the more you can focus on what you need to do in your training to improve and achieve your goal.


Step 3: Determine if your goal is Measurable



To determine; Will you be able to track your progress of your goal. If you cannot make little goals to achieve your ultimate goal you will need to modify your goal to make it measurable.


You do not need to have just one goal you can set multiple mini season goals (Lily pad goals) to achieve the big season goal and the ultimate goal.


Step 4: Determine if your goal is Attainable


To determine;

Will you be able to achieve this goal in the time frame that you have laid out? Look at your previous times and achievements do you need to extend this date or change the time to achieve?


Step 5: Determine if your goal is Relevant

To determine;

Why is this goal important to you to complete?


Step 6: Determine if your goal is Timely?

To determine;

When would you like to have this completed by? Is it for a specific competition? When is the entry deadline? Is it something for practice? When do you want to have this goal completed by?







Step 7: Write it Down and achieve it


After you have determined your goal and the little goals you need to do to achieve your Goal write it down were you can see it every day.



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