Lecture - Goal Setting
DREAMS .. GOALS .. PLANS
1. DREAMS – we need to dream!
It is always important to have dreams. They help direct us towards better outcomes in life and give us purpose and direction
Journey of Life
- Even if we don’t ever achieve all our dreams, we can still enjoy the journey of life towards achieving some of these dreams
Disappointments = a fact of life
- Sometimes our lives take a different direction than originally planned – important to develop strategies to deal with disappointments as this helps to build your inner strength and resilience
Make the most of every day – enjoy family, friends, animals, school or work and nature
2. GOALS = the tasks we set out to achieve
It is important to set realistic and achievable goals but remember that what is realistic for one person may not be for another
Feel confident in your judgment to set realistic goals but if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it
Understand who you are and be as good as you can be
Personal Best (PB) – in any part of your life
Example – set a goal to achieve a PB score in a competition
Example – set a training goal to improve a skill
Example – set a personal goal to achieve good health and well – being
Improve one or more physical fitness components
- Aerobic fitness (huff and puff) = improves endurance
- Anaerobic fitness (working without oxygen for short periods)
- Reaction time
Be able to relax – many strategies (remember exercise releases endorphins which help the body to relax)
Remember that your horse or pony who is your equine friend and partner will help you achieve some goals and dreams! Treat them well and NEVER lose your temper
- Keep learning about him/her e.g. likes and dislikes; reasons for changes in behaviour etc
- Take great care of your equine friend
3. PLANS = how we work towards achieving our goals
Plans help guide us towards our goals – but how do we plan?
(a) Discuss ideas and plans with family, friends and coach/es
(b) Write things down – on paper, a computer or your mobile phone
- Record dates that have no negotiation e.g. Grandma’s 50th birthday party!
- Enter training and competition dates
- Farrier, Dentist, Drenching dates etc
(c) Develop the ability to “focus without fear”
(d) Keep a balance in your life – make sure laughter and humour are in your life – be able to laugh at yourself!
Plans need to change when things and/or events change in our lives (many reasons) – we need to build strategies to help us overcome disappointment – examples when plans change include
(a) Family & friends – commitments, health
(b) Work or School – commitments
(c) Health and well – being receive a setback – can be emotional or physical
(d) Injured or sick horse
Strategies – there are many! Some of you will learn from watching, listening and sharing ideas with some family members and close friends; other strategies you will work out for yourself including what you like to do and what you enjoy e.g. spending time with a much loved animal – horse, cat, dog etc, listening to music, reading, spending time with friends etc; other strategies include volunteer work e.g. your club, your school/work, community groups
GOALS for 2014 – discuss with riders
Q & A
Who set some goals, were they realistic and did you achieve any of them this year?
What were some strategies you used when your plans did not work out?
GOALS for 2015 – due December Transitions
Write down 3 Goals that you would like to achieve in 2015 – can be any of the following
(1) Personal health and/or fitness
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