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Setting Goals is considered an important part of B.E.S.T. slave training. A Master sets behavioral and other types of goals as part of the slave’s training.

It may be helpful for a Master to be aware of what are considered the elements of goal setting. Below are discussed two theories of these elements.

1) The five commonly accepted characteristics of effective goal setting are specific, challenging, measurable, time-bound and prioritized. Specific and challenging goals serve to cue and focus the slave on exactly what is to be accomplished and arouse peak performance. Measurable (quantitative) goals are useful for feedback about goal progress. Time lines enhance measurability and increase performance.

2) Singer-Harris, a retail organization, developed the acronym SMART for an effective approach for setting goals:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable: It goes without saying the goals must be attainable in order for the person to be motivated to reach them

R = Realistic: The goals must have value

T = Time-bound Awareness of the elements in effective goal setting are useful in your training program.