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Short / Medium / Long Term Objectives

Updated: Nov 27, 2021

We will define 4 types of objectives: Specific, General, Goal, Purpose. Understand what is in the short / medium / long term and why we play.


Short Term: Less than 6 months;

Medium Term: from 6 months to 2 years;

Long Term: more than 2 years.


Specific Objectives (short term):


A Specific Objective is a behavior observable under certain conditions in order to try to reach a level of requirement ("What am I doing?"). It is a clear and achievable exercise intended to acquire the necessary capacity for the general objective. There has to be the will to progress, even if it means putting yourself in a zone of discomfort. When you put yourself in a zone of discomfort, you are actually working.


Always think of the acronym "S.M.A.R.T" :

· Specific: What action should I take?

· Measurable: How many times?

· Ambitious: So that I put myself a real challenge;

· Achievable: And that I can get there;

· Time: in how long?


Eg: Stretch every morning for 30 min, 5 times a week. General objective: the ability to relax and not to injure oneself. Respect his body.


General Objectives (Short / Medium-term):


A General Objective is an ability that one wishes to achieve at the end of a session / cycle of work. ("What am I capable of doing?"). It must be fair and achievable. It allows you to develop and gain self-confidence, whether on a technical, mental, strategic or physical level.


Eg: Being able to play different styles of play in order to be able to adapt to all your opponents and be able to beat them.


Goal (Medium / Long term):


A Goal is the desired result. ("What do we want?"). This is the reality of the project, what we are trying to achieve through programs or cycles. It is important to define it because it allows you to know how far you are going, and whether you have succeeded, and if not, by how much you have missed.


Eg: Win a championship, win a competition, etc ...


Purpose (Long term):


The Purpose is based on human values and expresses desires and wishes. (“Why am I doing it?”). This is the guideline for the conduct of the athlete. You never really achieve this goal, you always have to keep trying to achieve it.


This is essential because, in the most extreme moments (positive or negative) of an Athlete's career, it is the foundation on which he can rest to stay on course and make the most coherent decisions for him.


Ex: Rashford => Manchester United Major Player who takes advantage of his position and even more so of his influence to help the most disadvantaged.


All the principles mentioned above evolve over time. For the objectives, you have to make them evolve in order to progress and push your limits. When it comes to goals, we don't always have the same dispositions to be the best. Ultimately, our education and life experience mean that we can have different dreams that appear.


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