Learning how to set goals for yourself, not only will help you check off some of the items in your bucket list- it will also help you set your compass for the direction you want your life to go. Yes we always need a plan when setbacks occur- as they do. A larger goal is a series of smaller baby step goals to reach our destination.
R-Realistic or relevant
Here is my personal example in Oct 2022:
S- Each year in October I compete in my largest paddling event - I compete against my own personal best year over year, I set a specific time and set my training schedule week to week.
M-I set a precise time, date and training plan to complete the 51km's- doing time controls
A-I set specific actions to ensure I am prepared to complete the task- ie. train in all different types of weather conditions.
R-Does your goal support the direction you want to go in life? If so- motivation and focus are much easier.
T-Do you have a deadline- for my event it is race day.
This picture is the start line- Nutrition packed for energy top ups every 45 min in my case.
Below is a picture of my finished result. Last year I beat my time and also came 2nd in my class division. A combination of being prepared, training and setting smart goals.