GOAL SETTING 101:
Everyone talks about goals they have, but how can we really focus in and achieve our desired GOALS? Goals are extremely important when it comes to health, fitness, and nutrition. Goals are usually different and specific for everyone when it comes to setting goals in these three areas, because no one has the same body and different things work better for different people. You have to figure out a plan that works for you. Below I have advice to help you map out your desired goals in a S.M.A.R.T. way.
Below are quotes and guidelines of how to help you design your goals to be more successful. There are many Quotes that inspire me to Set GOALS, complete them, then set some more! Remember “Life is a journey not a destination” therefore our journey can consist of new goals daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. Goals can help us live the lives we were destined to live.
“Take Responsibility for something you want to improve or Change”
“The goals that we create within our journey will help us reach our full potential and ultimately give us a sense of being”
TIPS FOR SETTING GOALS
Using the acronym “SMART” is a well designed way to outline goals.
S= Specific: Write down a specific goal you want. Form an action plan on how you are going to reach your goal. Writing down Who, What, When, Where, and Why is a part of a good action plan. Who: Who is involved? What: What is your goal? Where: Location of goal? When: Establish a deadline/timeframe when to achieve your goal by and what days you are going to work on your goal. Why: Write down why you want to achieve this specific goal, it will give you inner strength and motivation to remember why you are doing it and the benefits you will have.
M= Measurable: Measure out the amount of time you are going to work on your goals each day. Have a schedule and stick to it. TIP BY JULES: I carry a planner with me to keep track of my goals and measure my progress daily and monthly.
A= Attainable: Identification of the goals you want to attain will be a step necessary in completion of a goal. Figuring out the steps you need to take to make a certain goal attainable will be key. For example if you want to start running 3x’s a week, you will need to get some running shoes, find a treadmill or a place to run outdoors, and pick the specific days you want to run. The question: How will the goal be accomplished? Is usually a key of figuring out if it is attainable or not.
R= Realistic: Setting realistic goals is key to helping yourself successfully grow and achieve things you want. If you set goals that are unrealistic such as loosing 10 lbs. in 2 days, chances are you are going to get stressed out and give up. Setting goals that are realistic to your lifestyle and body will be more beneficial in the long run.
T= Timely: Without due dates or deadlines the goal will be lingering trying to find its place when to finish. Setting a specific date and time marking it on your calendar will help focus on completion of the Goal and measuring how long it will take. For example if you want to loose 10 lbs. when will you loose it by? Mapping out a timeframe for specific goals will help you focus to achieve them.