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CREATE SMART GOALS
DEFINITION OF A GOAL
A goal is an aim an individual or group works toward; an object of ambition / effort.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM GOALS
Short-term goals are those that can be met in a short period of time and are often set to achieve long-term goals. For example, if an individual strives to run five kilometers by the end of the year, their short-term goal could be to run two kilometers within two months. By setting achievable short-term goals, individuals can measure their progress in the pursuit of their long-term goals.
HOW TO DEVELOP GOALS
Goals should be set with a specific purpose in mind. They should be measurable and achievable, allowing individuals to track progress. A goal should be something an individual can be motivated toward achieving.
SMART GOAL SETTING
Cadets should set a specific goal to work toward. The acronym SMART is a tool the cadets may find useful.
S stands for specific: the aim of the goal must be precisely defined.
M stands for measurable: identify a standard against which to assess achievement.
A stands for attainable: ensure needed resources are accessible for accomplishing the goal.
R stands for realistic: ensure the goal is worthwhile for the cadet.
T stands for timely: the completion date of the goal.
Ask the following questions to the cadets to help elicit SMART goals:
Specific. What specific activity, or activities, can you do to help you reach your goal? Your goal should be concise and focused on one specific outcome (your goal cannot be too vague).
Measurable. How often will I work toward my goal? How long will I work at activities that help me to meet my goal? How can I track my progress in meeting my goal? Measuring your progress will help you to track your success and maintain motivation.
Attainable. How can I reach my goal? Are there people who can help me reach my goal? Do I have any attitudes that I need to change in order to meet my goal? Identifying the resources and supports that are available to help meet a goal is important to keep you on track.
Realistic. Can I really reach my goal? Is my goal too big? Would a smaller goal be more realistic and help me ensure success? Running a marathon is a big goal and one that will not likely be achieved by many; however, joining a running club or running smaller distances may be realistic attainable go
Timely. When will I start to work on my goal? When do I want to have my goal completed? Goals are more effective if they have time associated with them.
CREATE SHORT-TERM & LONG-TERM SMART GOALS
- Cadets are to create three short-term and three long-term SMART goals.
SMART GOAL EXAMPLE
SMART GOAL: By the Commanding Officer’s (CO’s) parade in December, I will have all of my badges sewn onto my uniform in the correct positions.
Specific: I will have all my badges sewn onto my uniform in the correct positions. I will not have any loose threads.
Measurable: I will get a copy of the dress instructions that show where badges will be sewn onto the uniform. I will ask my mom to help me sew the badges onto my uniform. I will work on my sewing every Thursday night until all the badges are sewn correctly. I will meet my Flight Sergeant the week before the December CO’s parade to make sure my badges are sewn onto my uniform in the correct positions. I will spend the Monday night before CO’s parade correcting any errors my Flight Sergeant finds with the badges on my uniform.
Attainable: I will check with my fellow Proficiency Level One cadets to ensure my uniform is correct. I will also seek advice from my Flight Sergeant.
Timely: I will start at this week’s parade night by asking for a copy of the dress instructions. I will work at completing my goal each Thursday night until CO’s parade.
#1: Construct a Model Aerodrome
#2: Construct a Model Bivouac Site Layout
#3: Most Improved Polished Boots
#4: Participate in Stretching Exercises
#5: Keep a Weekly Gratitude Journal
#6: Participate in Warm-Up Exercises & Create a Physical Activity Tracker
ALL CHALLENGES ARE PARTICIPATION BASED AND CADETS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO SHOWCASE THEIR RESULTS AT THE END OF THE TRAINING YEAR.
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