Goal Setting

This week, Master Ricardo has been speaking to the classes about Goal Setting. This theme included an at-home assignment for our students. There were three main points:

1. The first thing you have to realize is that all the work you’re doing today – all the pushups, all the situps, all the sweating, all the kicks, all the punches – is not for today. It’s not going to benefit you TODAY. It’s going to benefit Future You.

What is Future You? It’s you in a month, or you in a year, or in 10 years. For example, in a month, Future You is going to be stronger because of the pushups you did in class today. In a year from now, Future You is going to be much healthier, much stronger, much faster, and a much higher belt. But that’s because of all the work you are doing TODAY. What you do each day is for helping Future You.

2. Master Ricardo asked the students to go home after class, get a piece of paper, write down two goals: a long-term goal, and a short-term goal. A long-term goal is something that you want to achieve after several months or even several years. For example, if you ask all the kids in the class if they want to be black belts, everyone will raise their hand. Becoming a black belt takes around 4 years. So that’s a long-term goal. Future You in 4 years should be a black belt if you keep doing all this work now.

A short-term goal is something you want to achieve sooner. For example, if you’re a white belt, maybe you want to get all your stripes for your orange belt test. That’s an example of a short-term goal. Future You in a couple months should be testing for your orange belt if you work hard every day.

Master Ricardo’s long-term goal is to become a 9th Degree black belt. His short-term goal is to get to his 5th Degree.

These don’t have to be Taekwondo goals. They can be anything you want. You can have goals related to school, homework, grades, other activities, getting along with siblings, anything. What we want to start doing is getting into the habit of setting goals.

So write down the two goals on a sheet of paper. Younger students can get a parent’s help. Then bring them in to class so we can talk about them.

3. Follow-up, after students bring their goals sheets in to class:

Now we need to start planning for our goals.

Think about this… It would be really cool to be able to do 1000 pushups. But unfortunately most of us cannot do 1000 pushups right now, today. But that’s okay, we can make a plan. Today, we’ll do 10 pushups. And tomorrow, we’ll do 10 pushups. And every day, we’ll do those 10 pushups until they get really easy. Then we’ll do 20 pushups every day. When those get easy, we’ll do 30 pushups. That’s our plan. And before you know it, Future You will be able to do those 1000 pushups!

So, we’ve set our goals and made our goal sheets. Now we’re going to hang them someplace where we can see them every day to remind us. And we need to make a plan to achieve those goals.

The best way to do that is to break it down into small steps, bit by bit, just like we talked about with the pushups. We can do something every single day, and it may be just a small thing, but it gets us just a little closer to our goals. The important thing is to remember that the work you are doing today is helping Future You become whatever you want to be.

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