Student-Athletes Talk Goal Setting in Second AthLEADs of the Year

What’s the most effective way to set a goal? Make it a SMART one! At the second AthLEADs session of the year on Thursday, students explored the importance of establishing goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based (SMART).

During the session, they learned about how the process of goal setting leads to higher rates of motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence, and autonomy — and helps individuals develop a positive view of the future, provides direction, and aids in the measurement and tracking of progress.

Students put their goal-setting skills into practice by establishing individual athletic outcome goals, identified their motivators and potential roadblocks, and brainstormed performance and process goals that would help them succeed. They shared their plans — such as hitting a personal record time in a running event, earning playing time during their freshman season in their future college program, and scoring a set amount of goals next season — with one another, adding an extra layer of accountability and collaboration.

AthLEADs, which was co-created by the Athletics Department and the Center for the Advancement of Girls, was born out of research that 94 percent of C-suite women participated in athletics in their youth. Now in its third year, AthLEADs provides student-athletes with opportunities to develop important leadership skills such as self-confidence, collaboration, the value of effectively providing and receiving feedback, and more.

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