SMART GOALS = SUCCESS
What is a goal?
Simply stated, a goal is something you aim to achieve-- something that requires effort to get there. This could be anything! Let's focus on fitness and health.
Goal Setting Mistakes
Every person has a goal, or something in the back of their mind that they really wish or want for.
What you need to ask yourself is, in MY REALITY, can I even get to this result? Is it ACHIEVABLE?
The most common mistake I see as a coach is people set a goal of "I want to lose weight and look like a bikini model." Well yeah, wouldn't we all??
But is that reality? We tend to get lost in a world of comparisons. But when we compare, our we become more negative rather than positive about our individual progress.
Try to focus on yourself and your own progress. Your goals are all about YOU.
The Key to Setting a Reachable Goal: YOU
YOU are the key to your success! When you set a fitness goal for yourself, think about yourself, what is realistic for you, your DNA.
Set goals to make positive changes, improve to be a better you, and you will succeed.
Set those goals because you want to be healthier and feel better in your body. When that is your intent, you will work hard, success will come and you will feel so much better about what you accomplish!
SMART = SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, TIME-BOUND
It is not only important to define the "what" but also the "how" and "when."
Start Simple but be specific
Set a goal that is small and achievable, but be specific. For example, "I want to lose weight" is too general.
Quantify it and make it reasonable. "I want to lose 10 pounds." Now you have a number to work toward and focus on.
How are you going to measure your progress?
When it comes to weight loss, this can be your circumference measurements, the scale, or even fitting into a certain pants size.
But, for example, if you set a goal of "I want to feel less stressed during meetings", you need to be able to measure your stress level.
Make it reachable
Goals are meant to set us up for success! So be sure to set goals that are realistic for YOU.
Create small, attainable goals to help you reach your overall goal. For example, if you want to lose 10 lbs, set a mini goal of how to get there:
I will walk for 30 minutes, 3x per week outside with my dog
I will attend all 3 of my training sessions per week
Put a Time Frame on It
If we don't put a time limit on it, we'll never get there! The more specific you can get, the more likely you will stick with it, keep going, and reach your goals!
For example, if you say "I want to lose 10 lbs", then what? 10 lbs in 2 weeks? 2 months? 2 years? There's a big difference in how you will get to that goal depending on the time frame.
And, make it reasonable!
Example of a SMART Goal
I will lose 10 lbs in 8 weeks by walking 30 minutes per day, 3x a week and cutting 500 calories per day.
Remember, Goals are Part of Your Overall Vision
So, you lose 10 pounds in 2 months. What now? Do you just check it off and forget about it?
Setting goals and accomplishing them are just part of the process of creating your fit lifestyle. It is a never-ending process, you have to keep going.
As your body, health, and overall well-being changes, you need to set new goals. You will want to continue to challenge yourself! Continue to work towards your overall fit life vision!
For example, a vision is as simple as "I want to be fit, happy, and healthy." This encompasses many things, and to live that truth, you will continually create new goals and accomplishments for yourself.
If You Set a Goal but don't achieve, That is not Failure
Remember, this is all a learning process. I am still learning every single day how to become a happier, healthier, fitter individual. That's what makes it exciting and keeps me going.
If your 2 months go by, and you didn't lose that 10 pounds, instead you lost 5, you may feel like a failure.
Heck no! You just learned what doesn't work for YOU.
Learn, adjust, set a new goal, and move forward.
Remember, NO ONE IS PERFECT
We all have bad days. We miss a workout, we eat bad food, we get down on ourselves. It is normal even for the fittest of people!
What I see very often is when someone is on a "diet" and they made a commitment to a fitness program, they have one bad day and it spirals out of control. They say "well I had a piece of pizza that I shouldn't have had, so I may as well eat the entire thing, and this ice cream, and drink this wine. Well I ruined it all I should just quit." I have lived this truth myself!
It is so easy to feel like you've failed, and once you get in that mindset it is hard to get back out.
Just remember every day is a new day, a chance to start over and get back on track. It takes time to get back to it, but you will!
If you need help staying on track, I am here for support. Contact me if you need someone to lean on or need help setting your goals!