BE S.M.A.R.T - SET GOALS
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
You cannot go through life winging it! Well some can, but most need some sort of direction. To reach your desired goals you need to be smart and by using the SMART acronym to set goals , you are more likely to achieve your desired target, albeit whether they relate to life skills or fitness!
Creating goals that are SMART is essential for monitoring and reviewing your progress however when applying the same you must consider the principles:
Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-framed.
When considering your goals ask yourself the following:-
- What is your goal?
- How will you measure your goal to know you have achieved it?
- Is your goal achievable?
- What do you need to do to achieve the goal?
- Why do you want to achieve this goal? What does it mean to you?
- How often will you check your progress?
- When do you want to achieve the goal by?
A simple example for you to help you on your way:
GOAL: TO LOSE WEIGHT
SPECIFIC - Weight loss – I want to lose 4lb
MEASURABLE - Taking a static measurement (ie, body weight and fat) OR, Visual (ie, picture)
ACHIEVABLE - I will achieve this by attending the gym at least 3 x per week subject to a tailored training plan. I will also cycle to work daily
REALISTIC - By maintaining a food diary and undertaking guided nutritional and training plans I should be able to achieve my weight loss within this time frame
TIMEFRAME - I want to lose the weight within a period of 4 weeks
A piece of advice I will offer is to try not to set too many goals at once as it otherwise becomes overwhelming, unrealistic and then you are less likely to achieve them. Start small and work your way up to more challenging goals.
Remember all goals do not have to be aesthetic. Try and consider at least one non-aesthetic goal. For example, drink 2 litres of water per day or meditate for ten minutes per day.
Best of Luck and reach for the stars!