Setting goals is important in life and your fitness journey, but not just any goal will do. It has to be a S.M.A.R.T goal. For this post we will keep it fitness-oriented, but you will see how you can apply this method to everyday life as well.
Too often, we hear "my goal is to lose weight, get healthy or get a muscle up." These are all great goals, and they would make anybody feel good about themselves; the problem is they are all vague statements. It is like playing the game "Plinko": you have a goal at the bottom, you drop the puck(you) in and it starts bouncing from peg to peg (the peg symbolizing the what you did to get to the goal). It goes away from the goal and then back towards it, but when it comes to slot, it doesn't always land where you want. Now, you've missed your goal, which leaves you disappointed that it didn't work. With SMART goals, you make hitting that goal so much easier and it leaves you feeling good about the process.
So what it is a SMART goal? S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for 5 steps of goal setting. When setting your goals, ask yourself these questions:
- Is this goal Specific?
- Is this goal Measurable?
- Is this Achievable?
- Is this goal Relevant, or Realistic?
- Is this a Time-based goal, or Timely?
Let's use one of the above examples to show how this works out...
You want to lose weight. Again, this is a good goal, but it is not SMART. Instead of saying, “ I want to lose weight,” try this:
You want to lose 10lbs of body fat. To do this you will set a goal to lose 1.5 lbs/week for 6 weeks. You will workout 3-4times/week and change your eating habits (this too will require SMART goal setting).
Now, you have a specific goal. To lose 1.5lbs/week. It is measurable, right? You can quantify, or measure, your progress weekly. It is Achievable and Realistic (or relevant to your overall goal) and you set a time frame of 6 weeks.
Now you can see the importance of setting goals, but remember... they have to be SMART goals. Goals are important to keep motivation high and keep your aim in sight.
What are you doing today to reach your goals? Stop wishing for the performance, the weight loss, the muscle gain or whatever your goal may be and take action!
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