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5 SMART Tips for Goal Setting in BJJ

bjj-goalsDo you want to learn quicker and have more satisfaction in your progress in BJJ?

As human beings we have a natural inclination to try and better our selves.  We are always seeking more and trying to see if the grass is truly greener on the other side. One common way to try and achieve these changes is through goal setting.

It seems so simple, right?

Set a goal and then do what needs to be done.  Well, why is it then, that in life and in Jiu-Jitsu, most of our goals are either never acted upon, or never achieved completely?

The problem may lie in our goal setting altogether.  Too often we set goals with no clear plan of action to see them accomplished.  We need to remember the old adage: work smarter, not harder.  We need to set SMART goals.

Here are 5 tips to increase your odds of achieving your goals in life and BJJ using the SMART goals strategy developed by Duncan Haughey.

To be SMART our goals must be:


Do you want to win your next competition?  Do you want to spend more time on the mat? Or maybe you want to save money to buy a new gi?  For a goal to be SMART it must be specific.  Write it down so that it is clear and concise.


How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?  What will be the indicator that you have succeeded? A belt rank?  A gold medal?  A certain weight loss number?  Decide what the indicator is and reach for it.


A goal must be achievable.  It is wise to set several small goals along the way to a larger goal in order to keep yourself motivated and seeing progress. If you want to get to the next belt rank in Jiu-Jitsu set goals for new degrees and new moves you want to add to your arsenal that will prepare you.


Sometimes we simply put too much on our plate. Focusing on one major goal (and the mentioned smaller goals) at a time can make it much easier on you mentally and physically.


A goal needs to have a deadline otherwise it is simply a dream or wish. How long you should give yourself depends on the goal.  After you reach your intended deadline for a goal evaluate the situation. Did you accomplish your goal?  If not, why?  What can you do to increase the odds of accomplishing it in the future?

We all need to set goals in life and in BJJ!  Make sure your goals are SMART – and you will have a better chance at success!

What are some goals you’ve set for yourself?  How are you doing?  Feel free to comment and let us know what’s up!

About the author: Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Anibal Lobo and Pedro Sauer.

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