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SMART Goals In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

SMART Goals In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Specific Goal Setting Is The Key To Success

The main objective for any grappling athlete is to improve. The best way to improve at pretty much anything is to continue to show up on a consistent basis and work hard. There is no way around the basic fact that hard work is at the core of improvement, regardless of who your instructors are, what supplements you take, how strong you are, etc.

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Everything outside of hard mindful work is extra. At the highest levels, most grapplers work equally hard, therefore it is the supplemental stuff that gives them the edge. One of the best additions to any endeavor someone tries to improve in is the idea of setting goals.

There are numerous ways of having goals for your Jiu Jitsu; they can be short term or long term, skill based or competition based, and so on. One of the best forms of setting goals professionals have discovered is the employment of SMART goals.

SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. By implementing these five elements in setting goals, the objects become clearer and also improve the potential for success.

Let's examine a goal that is not a SMART goal and describe its problems. The goal is “I want to be the best grappler ever.” This is a great goal, who doesn’t want to be the best grappler ever. Unfortunately, there are a lot of problems with this goal. First, it is not very specific. If you replace the desire to be the best grappler ever to say winning the IBJJF Worlds or ADCC, the goal becomes specific. Winning competitions is also a measurable goal while being the best is difficult to measure within itself.

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Also, in terms of achievability, it is quite difficult to become the best grappler ever because that means you’d have to be better than everyone now and in the future (not likely). That goal is also not time-bound, as it would be better to say you want to be the best in say maybe five years.

Let’s try replacing that unclear goal with a better SMART goal. Here is how it would go: I want to be the ADCC World Champion in 5 years. This goal, as difficult as it is, is much better than the previous. These goals can be downscaled to smaller goals like “I want to attend 50 Jiu Jitsu classes by the end of the year.”

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