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Goals- Making sure you score well this quarter!

At Team Peak we as clinicians use goals to focus us and motivate us to be better in our respected fields to allow you a better outcome, but many people I know do not know what goal setting is and how beneficial it is in your personal and professional life so here is what goals setting is, why we do it and also the types of goals you should be setting yourself.





What is it?


Goal setting is the act of an individual to decide on what they want or someone else to achieve in a given time frame.


Why?


Setting goals for yourself or other is a great way of increasing motivation as you have a clear idea of what you want. Resulting in less distraction, allowing you to put more focus and time on that said goal. Furthermore when the goal has been achieved you get instant feedback which can improve someone’s confidence and also there self-belief in themselves, which will result in an increase in mood. Which is why goal setting is used to help manage mental health issue like depression and anxiety.


Types of goals


There are many types of goals which can be placed into 3 categories of goals

1 – Process goal, which are defined as specific actions or ‘processes’ of performing. For example, aiming to study for 2 hours after dinner every day. Process goals are 100% controllable by the individual.

2- Performance goals, which are based on the individual’s standard for example improving your squat in the gym by 20% in 2 months

3. Outcome goals are based on winning, this could look like landing a job in your field or landing job at a particular place of employment you wanted. Outcome goals however are very difficult to control because there are more factors that could influence the outcome.

No matter what type of goal that you pick they should all however be a SMART goal which stands for:

S- Specific to you

M- Measurable so it can be compared at the start to the end.

A – Achievable so they can be achieved by your own hard work and dedication

R- relevant so how does your goals align with your objectives?

T – time, there should be a time frame for you to achieve this goal


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