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Does The Mailman Know What to Deliver?
Karsten Jensen 11/21/2012 5:49:04 PM
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:30 PM
Joined: 11/21/2012
Posts: 37

What’s NEW about the Flexible Periodization Method 

In the last weeks blog post, we talked about the benefit of reviewing the stated goal to make sure that the goal is phrased positively, present and specific.

Specifically, in last week’s blog post we discussed the positive and present aspects of the goal.

Specific means that the goal should include some kind of measuring unit like kilos, pounds, centimetres, inches, seconds etc.

For example “Add 1 inch to the upper arms” is a specific goal”. “Getting bigger arms” is not a specific goal.

There are many explanations of the need for phrasing the goals in specific terms. One simple explanation is that without a specific goal it is not possible to evaluate if the goal has been accomplished.

Also, imagine that the goal is being delivered by the mail man. Would the mail man know what to deliver? Are all questions answered?  How can the goal become MORE specific?

Look at the goal again and notice if you have any natural questions to the goal. In the above example, it seems natural to ask HOW you are going to add one inch to the upper arms.

Thus, we can rephrase the goal to (for example): Add one inch to the arms by executing an arm specialization program two times per week with a focused and confident attitude. 

It is also considered important that goals are open ended to allow for a better result that can be imagined. Goals are made open-ended by including the phrase “or more”. Thus we get:

Add one inch or more to the arms by executing an arm specialization program two times per week with a focused and confident attitude.

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