Are you ready to take 2020 head on? We’re here to help you build strong, positive habits from a foundation of S.M.A.R.T. goals, whether you’re setting them for fitness, or in your personal or professional life.
What are SMART Goals? It’s easy to say “I want to lose weight,” or “I want to get stronger,” but it’s important to define what getting strong or what losing weight means, so you can measure it against your past and future performance. That’s where SMART Goals come in:
What do you want to achieve in as much detail as possible. Is the goal clearly written with no ambivalence?
Make this a quantifiable value. Does the goal answer the questions: How many? How much? and/or How often?
Can I see myself achieving this goal? Can I break it down into manageable pieces or steps?
Is the goal too difficult to reach? Too easy?
What is my target date for reaching my goal?
Basing your goal-setting off of real information is key. It’s important to be honest with yourself about your skill level, experience, and comfort in a subject.
- For example: If you’ve never skied a day in your life, but want to ski black diamonds by tomorrow, you’re probably not being honest with yourself about what it takes to achieve what you want to achieve. Hitting your goals takes time.
- Alternatively: If you can do push-ups but have already gotten 9 in a row, it’s probably too easy to set a goal of 10 a year from now.
Setting Your Goals
Now that we understand S.M.A.R.T. goals, we are ready to define our goals, build a plan and the positive habits necessary to achieve our goals. Rather than beginning with a vague and poorly-defined goal like “I want to lose weight,” think through what you’ve done in the past year to set a realistic goal for yourself.
- Choose a Category: Fitness, personal or professional. Picture yourself a year from now. Where are you? What are you doing? Be very specific.
- Consider: Is the goal you’re pursuing going to make you happier? This can be a major determiner for success in the long-run, because it ties you to your goal. Picking a goal that actually improves your life gives you the necessary “why” to stick with the process even on days you’re just not feeling it.
- Consider also: Focus on what’s going to be beneficial to you, not the negative reasons you want to achieve something. For example: Rather than saying “I want to exercise to lose weight,” think about the benefits of exercise. “I want to exercise because it will make me feel good mentally and physically.”
- Break your goal into manageable steps. Write down some steps you can take to achieve your goal. As you write, consider small changes you can make to the routine you already have, like adding in a few push-ups after you finish a workout. If you make too large of a change right away, it can feel like you’re trying to climb a mountain, and decreases your chances of success drastically.
Break them down into pieces, getting smaller as you go from a year away to today:
- What are 3-5 things you have to do to achieve half your goal in 6 months?
- What do you need to do this month to be successful at reaching your 6 month goal? Break down your 6-month goal-steps a little further.
- What are 3-5 things you can do this week to actually start making that goal a reality? Break down your this-month goal-steps even further into what you can do daily to help you make progress toward your ultimate goal.
Tell Everyone Your Goals
One of the top reasons people fail at achieving their goals is that they keep it a secret. Telling the world your goals can be scary, but it’s one of the best ways to stay accountable and ensure you stay on track.
Writing your S.M.A.R.T. goals down, and sharing them with your family and friends makes you more likely to succeed. Once we have our S.M.A.R.T. goals written down, it’s time to tell the world. A good place to start is our Facebook Community page and the white board in the gym.
Print off these S.M.A.R.T. goal setting worksheets and get to work making 2020 the best year yet!
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Deepak Chopra