#goalbigger short-term goal-setting tips

#goalbigger ivivva short-term goal-setting tips

It's a brand new year and that means new goals and resolutions.

We know when your noggin hits the pillow at night, you dream big and this year we're challenging you to declare your dreams out loud #goalbigger!

Before you say the usual goals like "splits on both sides" or "run 15 laps", think about your big dream. These are fantastic short-term goals to improve your flexibility and endurance but we want you to think about how your short-term goals are the small steps to achieving your biggest dreams.

#goalbigger ivivva short-term goal-setting tips

Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you touring for the Nutcracker, did you make the state level team, or even the Olympic team? The key to achieving your dreams - big and small - is setting all the right goals right now.

Our ivivva goals specialist Cecily put together a few pointers on how to start setting your goals:

#goalbigger ivivva short-term goal-setting tips

1. Anything is possible. Recognize that you are exactly where you need to be to do whatever you want. Know that you are the creator of your awesome life and only you can write your own story.

2. Start a vision. What's a vision? A picture that you paint of what your life looks like in the future. Think five years from now - are you graduating or just starting high school? What sports are you playing? Are you rocking at your favourite activity or are you doing something new, something you haven't tried yet? Who is around you - friends, family, classmates? Who supports you? Who are your inspirations?

Here are some fun ways to start:

  • Start a picture board and cut out magazine photos of people that inspire you or things you hope to accomplish. Include family photos or photo booth sessions with friends you love and want in your life. Glue everything to a huge poster board and put it up in your bedroom. 
  • If you're on Pinterest, start a #goalbigger board and pin things from your fave websites and about your fave athletes.
  • Post a weekly Instagram or tweet of your #goalbigger inspirations.

3. Set short-term goals that will be the baby steps to achieving your big dream. If "running 15 laps" is going to help you get on the Canadian track team. Set it! Give yourself a date to accomplish it by and stick to it.

4. Half of your goals should be unthinkable. That's right, you should not reach 50 per cent of your goals. If you're hitting every one, consider challenging yourself more.

5. Reflect. If you didn't reach your goal like making the 'A' team or getting first place at the competition, ask yourself why not? Did you love the training and people you practiced with? Did attempting this goal make you feel good about yourself? Did you have fun? If your answer is no, then maybe it's not really your goal - and that's ok. Reflect on what you did love like learning new moves, meeting new friends, and figure out what new goals you can create to support doing the things you love. If you can't wait to try again next year, put it back in your long-term goals and rework your short-term goals to help you achieve it next time.

#goalbigger ivivva short-term goal-setting tips

Share with us on Twitter and Instagram what your biggest dream is using the hashtag #goalgetter. Ask any questions or tips and we'll be here to help.

Look out for next week's blog on long-term goal-setting with a peek inside what it's like to work at ivivva.



so inspiring! I love goal setting! thanks ivivva

Comment by Anna — December 31, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

My Goals:
LONG TERM… Make the 2018 Olympic Women’s Figure Skating Team.
1. Land a perfect triple lutz
2. Place 1st in my Junior USFS freeskate.

Comment by Malia — January 1, 2014 @ 11:14 am

Hi Malia,

AWESOME goals! Seems like you’ve come along way since the Dutch Waltz:)


Comment by lululemongec — January 2, 2014 @ 9:47 am

My long term goal: make the women’s national hockey team.
My short term goal: do 100 laps by the end of the month

Comment by Elizabeth — January 2, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

My goal this year is to make the competitive or pre-competitive dance team! I think I’m less worried about the try-outs then I am about asking my family for permission; we’re not the richest people but that would be my ultimate dream! I love Ivivva, I wear your amazing gear every day!

Comment by Anonymous — January 3, 2014 @ 5:20 am

To get all of my splits and my straddle by June 8, 2014

Comment by Annie — January 3, 2014 @ 9:52 am

My goals for this year are to land a perfect axel and do a better double loop. And have a better attitude in my training sessions!
Sometimes I get very tired.

Comment by Isabella — January 3, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

Great Goals! I hope to see you on T.V in 2018!

Comment by Ellie Bayes — February 27, 2014 @ 6:13 am

thanks ivivva! really helpful. love goal setting!
my goals are:

go to my first dance competion before 2018 and get my splits before 2016.

Comment by olivia — February 28, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

To get my middle splits and backhandspring by September 2014!!

Comment by Keisha — March 25, 2014 @ 3:43 am

perfect my right split by this summer, get a triple pirouette this summer and double the other way, and get my a waltz jump and 1 foot spin asap

Comment by mia — May 4, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

and a backbend from standing and front walkover or flip

Comment by mia — May 4, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

Long term goal
2020 Tokyo Olympics
Short term goal
Backwalkover on high beam by myself

Comment by Lilli — May 22, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

dear ivivva, i am really discouraged because i have feet isues that are keeping me from setting goals and
doing the sport i love. What do i do?

Comment by skylar — June 30, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

Hi Skylar,
I’m sorry to hear that. We’d love for you to pop by your local store and chat with us more about this. We’d love to hear your goals and offer up suggestions to help you obtain them.

Comment by lululemongec — July 1, 2014 @ 9:05 am

Ok thank you katelin but I have one more question how do I bring it up?

Comment by Skylar — July 5, 2014 @ 10:14 am

Hey Skylar,
Just pop in store and let them know you want to chat goals. You’ll be able to bring up this conversation easily, so don’t sweat it!

Comment by lululemongec — July 7, 2014 @ 10:43 am

Ok thank you so much I love ivivva sooooooo much! You have helped me a lot!

Comment by Skylar — July 7, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

I love ivviva! My short term goal is to run 14 (up from 11) miles a week, I hope I can do it this year! And my long term goal is to get a 5k time under 15 min, I have 20.34 minuets right now. Also, I LOVE the “run this world” shirt, perfect because my team always listens to beyonce when we run! Thanks for inspiring us and giving us really cute clothes to wear!!!

Comment by Hannah — September 2, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

my goal is to land a back handspring and all of my splits

Comment by yasmeen — September 10, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

my goals are to get my back handspring and to get my front handspring vault by the middle of 2015

Comment by skylar — December 6, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

sorry i didn’t see it pop up and i thought it didn’t send.

Comment by presley — December 23, 2014 @ 7:56 am

I guess we can I will think about mine.



Comment by presley — December 23, 2014 @ 7:59 am

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