Goal Setting to improve your skills
Many of us are not only professionally-driven, but want to excel at a hobby as well. Can Goal Interceptor make you a scratch golfer? Well, it'd help if you could stay out of the sand traps, but sure, why not? Let's go through the process of goal development using some examples.
As an example I’m using tournament chess, one of my chief pastimes. Let’s see how Goal Interceptor can help my monarch be the last man standing.
Any interface questions you have should be answerable in the tutorial. I am on the “New Goals” screen and in front of me I have blank fields. The slate is clean and I want a strong beginning; I need a goal that’s specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely. Better than “I want to be a great chess player” is “I want to score at least 5.5/7 in the Eastern Open next year, a regional chess tournament.” Notice how easy it is to measure my second goal. I have last-year's record, 5.0/7, as a frame of reference. I won't set a goal I can't possibly know if I've met.
Now let's envision our success. What is holding us back? When a skilled hobbyist prepares to work, what does his or her routine look like? How about yours? I know that high-level chess players are extremely confident and detail-oriented. I on the other hand am nervous and lack focus. This is a barrier for me, and as such I can use Goal Interceptor to change it. I hope you have thought a little about your own. Your objective will be to eliminate one of those barriers.
What is my purpose for breaking this wall down? There surely are a number of improvement methods, all viable, from which I can choose. Why this one, and why now? It's important for me to be absolutely clear why I'm proceeding a certain way. Following this form may help clarify the aims:
I plan to ____________ when _________________, so I can improve _________.
In my case, I am crafting three strategies in my description box, for when my brain drifts.
- I will permit myself to take a brief walk, hum a song, or take a series of deep breaths.
- What are the challenges facing me as I execute my alternate strategy?
- What is my contingency plan if it does not work? How do the different parts of my holistic self interact with the goal?
It seems as though I’m looking for mental clarity, but I can surely identify physical components that will help or hinder my plan. Your goal surely incorporates several facets of your life as well. Think about how your goals are really a bit deeper in scope than you imagined.
Inspiration is very important too. If we did not stand in our own way we would not be human, and we would never need to read Who Moved my Cheese? We need reminders of our own worth when the going gets tough. I recommend a pithy mantra, when you are feeling low. It should be something personal and meaningful. Pick your own epigram that works for you.
Only you know what’ll be in your goal box, but make it count and good luck!