Every client I work with I always ask what are your goals. What are we working towards. I typically get 2 types of response. They either know their goals and can rattle them off or they look and me and say hmm what do you think I need to work on. When I hear the lather response I’m always taken a back. My feeling if you are seeking advice from a fitness professional you must have a goal. I can certainly help you fine tune them, but I’ve found that when you work toward a goal that isn’t yours you aren’t as passionate achieving it. Setting goals sometimes requires you to deep dig look in the mirror and really ask what you want.
So. today’s challenge is about setting SMART goals. I want you to think of goal setting as creating a road map for where you want to go. Imagine if you wanted to go to California. Would you get in the car and just drive, no.. you’d make a plan. You’d figure out do you drive, fly or some other mode of transportation. You’d map out where in California you were going and then you’d figure out when you’d want to go and for how long. I want you to keep this analogy in your head as we dive into goal setting.
When clients set goals I typically experience two things.
1. They aren’t measurable, I hear something like this
- Tone up
- Get cut you know shredded
- Lose my tummy
- Firm up my J Lo (okay that’s my goal =))
2. They aren’t realistic
- I’m going vacation in 2 weeks I want to drop 20 pounds
- I want to put on 5 pounds of muscle while I’m training for a marathon
- I’m going eat less than 1000 calories to drop weight fast
So.. when you set goals it doesn’t have to be this HUGE over the top goal. Now I’m not saying don’t set challenging goals, but set goals that you will be able to see and have some success.
We all have goals that we are trying to achieve, but are you setting SMART Goals. When you set SMART goals you are more likely to achieve them. SMART goals are written in such a way that anyone who reads them can see what you are trying to achieve.
Here is what I’m talking about:
|Specific||What do I want to accomplish?|
|Measurable||Criteria for measuring progress toward your goal|
|Attainable||Goals are realistic and can be achieved in a specific amount of time and are reasonable.|
|Realistic||You are both willing and able to work toward achieving this goal.|
|Timely||Goals have a clearly defined time-frame including a target or deadline date.|
|Examples||I will be able to do 10 pushups from my toes by January 31st.|
|I will bring my lunch 3 days on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays for the month of February.|
|I will do cardio for 30 minutes 5 times/week on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.|
Is this starting to make sense?? So.. Day 3 Challenge as you can image is to set goals for this 30 day challenge.
- They should begin with I will……
- Now if you are feeling aggressive let’s set some goals for the next 60 and then 90 days.
- I write a lot about goals so here are some additional reading about goals that may help you.
- If you are stuck reach out! That’s why I’m here.
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Stay tuned.. tomorrow I will give you the building blocks of good nutrition.