Constructing the Right Goal

Constructing the Right Goal

Let's face it, skydivers are type A goal setters and get things done! (Okay, most of us.) But just because you have a goal doesn't mean it's constructed well, or even the right one!

Goals have verbs. A well constructed goal contains a powerful verb usually as the first word of the phrase. For example, when setting goals for students, some may construct the goal as more of a "topic" like, "Section 2 BSRs." A goal with a verb might be "Understand the BSRs" but that's not powerful. Better is "Write out in plain language my own words the BSRs dealing with solo students." Another example, you might have a weak goal like "Better landings." With a strong verb that goal would look like: "Execute the flaring process using varying combinations of height and speed." Not only is that a measurable outcome, it helps you understand this goal has subgoals, and you can work on it more than one time every jump!

What about having the "right" goal? You can more assuredly choose an appropriate goal if you can imagine what happens after you "reach" it, like how runners keep pushing past the finish line in a race. Here's how having the right goal makes all the difference... Everyone credits Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa as the first to summit Mount Everest. But that is certainly not true. It cannot be true, given what we know about human nature and all the carnage around the mountain. They were NOT the first to summit Mount Everest. They were the first to summit AND return. They had the right goal.

So keep going! Keep setting goals! And hopefully you'll think about how to construct the right one that propels you even further into badassery!

  • 14 May 2018

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Another word from the Dictionary of Jen:


[kəˈmēlyən teɡrədē]

Variable character of integrity that changes based on the level of integrity of surrounding people. For example, the behavior of being honest and fair if people around them are honest and fair, but lying if other people in the situation are lying. 


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The debrief is a great opportunity for instructors to facilitate the learning process by encouraging the student to recognize their achievements and what they did correctly as well as help them realize what is needed to move forward in their skill development. The student must become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses and take responsibility for their training. The Debrief, much like the Ground, can be divided into both the Content and the Presentation. The instructor’s role during the debrief should be one of a facilitator. Asking questions and directing the student to the right information through self-realization will be of greater benefit to the student.

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After owning two businesses for two decades plus, I finally got a real job... dream job actually! Combining my passions of technology, education, and skydiving, I was hired in January 2017 by the United States Parachute Association as Director of IT. Although I continue to support KRWA projects, I am no longer taking on new programming projects. But I'm still skydiving and teaching instructor rating courses through Xcelskydiving and of course writing! Also, I am still available for public speaking events... just email me. This blog site serves to display my numerous previously published works as well as satisfy my continued urge for sharing my insights... you know, those thoughts you have at 4 o'clock in the morning.

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