You have probably heard of SMART goals before, but if you have not, then this blog is for you!
Good goals, should be SMART…
A goal of better fitness is nice, but a goal like
- increase my squatting weight by 20 pounds in the next 3 months
- hiking a trail “better” than before ( I want to hike Gregory Canyon trail 5 minutes faster by March 1)
- hiking a trail you have never been able to do (I want to hike Mt Sanitas only stopping once)
- Being able to do certain activities on a balance board or Bosu ball (balance on one foot for 1 minute, do 15 squats with 20lbs)
- I want to reduce my blood sugar by 5 points in the next 6 months
- I want to lose 2 inches off my rear end by June 1st
Setting a very specific goal lets you know when you have achieved it and helps you to make a plan.
This usually requires something with numbers (tape measurements, time, resistance weight), but not always. If you want to learn to ride a bike, you will know when you can balance, but setting the goal of riding your bike for 1 mile is even better and more measurable. When goals are subjective it is also hard to know when you have achieved your goal. And it is very difficult to know how you are progressing towards your goal.
For instance, if you want to lose 3 inches off your stomach in 2 months, it is unrealistic to do that in a healthy, sustainable way. You are either going to be setting yourself up for failure or will be harming your body to make it happen.
Set the goal for yourself, not for others. If you are setting a goal for your spouse, friends, or society, it is not very motivating. Pick a resolution/goal for yourself! Make it something that touches your soul. When you waiver in your dedication, you want to be able to tell yourself why it means so much to you to achieve your goal.
Let’s face it procrastination is a huge problem for many of us. When we set a time limit, the likelihood that we will achieve it goes up. If you want to clean your house, it may or may not happen. If you have a party planned next weekend, I guarantee you will be much more likely to get it clean by that time
When making your “I Love Me Goal”, make sure you are also making it a SMART goal. With proper planning and dedication your dreams can become reality!