Well, let’s actually start with what is NOT a goal…
“I want to lose weight.”
“I want to feel better.”
“I want to tone up.”
What’s wrong with these, you ask? They’re not specific to start with. They’re just kind of idea. If you want to set goals that you can achieve set SMART goals:
S-specific – “I want to lose 10lbs, 5% body fat, and fit back into my old size 10 jeans.” M-measurable – there should be no doubt whether or not you reached your goals. You could measure by weight you want to lift, clothing size, inches, etc. A-attainable – make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure! Not too hard, not too easy. R-relevant – must meet your individual needs and your WHY. T-timely – give yourself a deadline. “I will accomplish this by May 1st .”
Take 15 minutes and write down your SMART goals.
Example: “I will lose 10lbs and/or 5% body fat and fit back into my size 6 jeans by May 1 st . I will do this by coming to Empowered Fitness 3x/week, doing 2 home workouts per week, drinking 2 litres of water per day, eating protein with every meal, and eating no less than 5 servings of veggies per day.”
I cannot stress enough how important goal setting is! I have goals and my team of trainers have goals too. My goal is to be able to do 10 pull ups by the end of 2018. I can do 4 right now, so I have a little way to go :-)
Always aim to be better!
There are two types of goals: Outcome goals and Behaviour goals.
In the example, the first sentence is your OUTCOME goal and the second sentence is your BEHAVIOUR goal. You should have both, but your focus should be more on the BEHAVIOUR goals. The outcome (end goal) comes when the right behavioUrs are practiced consistently!
I hope this makes sense! Spend a little time on this, then let me know your SMART GOALS! :-)
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