Goals=Motivation. Goals=Roadmaps. Goals=Success. Make 2016 Your Year Of Achievement With These Tips For Setting And Acquiring High GoalsRead Now
Every year we deem this upcoming year as our opportunity for change. This next year will be the best ever! This is the year I will be more fit. This is the year I will be a better friend. This is the year I will go on that vacation and volunteer! This is the year I will get the big promotion! Every year we start with this blank slate. But why on the new year? Why not start today? Start RIGHT NOW. THIS VERY SECOND. Waiting and not taking action is the recipe for not achieving your goals.
I would like to share with you the process we use with our clients at BlueSky to help individuals achieve their goals every single day. Whether it's losing weight, getting faster, feeling healthier, or applying it to your job and relationships, this process of setting goals should never end. You can live a life you have always wanted to live!
In order to be able to accomplish anything, one must first find the desire to accomplish it. Desire is the fuel that will keep you going during rough times. Desire is what will allow you to make “sacrifices” in order to accomplish your task.
Along with desire, one must have the ability to set clear, defined goals. You cannot go anywhere unless you know what, how, and when you are going to be there. A metaphor used is similar to buying a plane ticket. You would not just go into an airport and tell them, “Give me a plane ticket!”. You would give them an exact date and time you would like your flight. You would give them an exact destination. The same is true of our goals. In particular for us, we are going to concentrate on fitness goals. How we can set them and tools available to help us accomplish them.
At the end of this blog post is a pdf on “S.M.A.R.T” goal setting. Please print this out and fill it out. Keep it some place you see everyday. This will help with your constancy of purpose. This will help keep your long term goals and short term goals in check. To ensure you are making progress each day. The Great Pyramids were not built in one day, but they were built one day at a time. This is the approach we are taking. Next, I will talk you through the “S.M.A.R.T” goal setting sheet.
Step 1: Goal In As Few Words As Possible
We want the goal to be simple. Many of you did this on your registration form. Feel free to copy/paste.
Step 2: Make Your Goal Detailed And Specific (Who/What/When/How)
Who is going to help us?
What? Quantify your goal. I.E. Lose 10 lbs. Be able to run 1 mile without walking. Be able to squat 100 lbs 10 times.
When? Quantify an end date. 10 weeks from now. 12 weeks from now. April 30. June 1.
How? 3 action steps. I am going to work out 5 days/week for 30 minutes a day. I am going to look at nutrition labels. I am going to eat 4-5 smaller meals a day. I am going to be in bed with all of my electronics off by 11pm each night. I am going to take 10,000 steps a day.
Step 3: Measurable
How will you track your progress?
I.E. I will weigh myself each Saturday at 8am (same time of the day for accuracy). I will use a fitbit to measure energy expenditure. I will use a fitbit to count my steps. I will log my workouts each time in a journal. I will keep a food log for a week tracking food input in order to have an actual view of my intake. I will attempt to complete my goal in 4 weeks and compare it to my initial test.
Step 4: Attainable
Items I need: Do I need anything to help?
How I'll Find Time: What do I need to change to make this goal reality?
What Do I need To Know: What questions should I ask? Reach out to experts. Don't be afraid to ask questions. People want to help.
Support Group: Who can I go to to help support me. Who will provide encouragement. Surround yourself with these people
Step 5: Relevant
Explain why this goal is important to you. Feed that inner desire.
Step 6: Timely
What is my deadline?
I will reach my goal by:
My halfway measurement will be what on what date
If you develop your dreams into goals, and your goals into realities, then your realities’ will become your successes
Take a note card, write down THREE GOALS for the moment and put it some place you see everyday. The kitchen, the bathroom, or your wallet…. Begin the process of giving your goals life. Take action. By taking action you will gain momentum and your goals will start to become realities..... Keep working on your goals and give them life!