Are your goals setting you up to fail?
We are all pretty familiar with goals, KPI’s, rosters, appointments, calendar events etc but are we actually hindering moving forward in our healthy lifestyle by setting goals that we can’t either support or achieve?
Some common goals out there are…”I want to lose weight” or ”I want to get fit”…..99% of the population want that but how are we going to get there if we don’t put some guidance to it. When we look at setting goals, the SMART principle should be applied.
So what is the SMART principle? We need to look at quantifying our goals as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Time focused. So lets use “I want to lose weight” and make it a SMART goal. By expanding on what we want, we can create something very defined to work towards…..I want to decrease weight by 3kg within the next 2 months by doing 2 personal training sessions per week.
SPECIFIC – it states clearly what we want to achieve, weight loss of a set amount within a timeframe and how it’s going to be done – very specific.
MEASURABLE – we will be able to track and measure the progress as we have put a value on it, that is. 3kg.
ACHIEVABLE – between trainer and client, it’s important that the goal is achievable. Your trainer should be able to advise based on where you are at whether it can be achieved or what obstacles or effort is required. It’s also important that the goals are safe and do not put you at risk. Sometimes the end goal may be broken down into several smaller goals to reach along the way.
REWARDING – are the goals ones that you as the client want to achieve? Sometimes there might be a need to dig a little further to find out why you want to achieve the goal. Finding out more about the goal, wanting to lose the 3kg within 2 months because you have a wedding or school reunion to attend, will help the trainer understand what is driving you and keep you focused on the end result.
TIME FOCUSED – if we don’t put a time frame or limit on the goal, what will happen with your motivation and drive? If there’s no sense of urgency or need to work toward achieving the target, you may never get there. In the above example there is a definite timeframe, 2 months.
With this in mind, think about what it is you want to achieve, what you might need to do to get there and how long it is going to take. If you are uncertain about whether you can do it on your own, engage a Personal Trainer to help you set the goal and work towards smashing it!