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Changing the Way You Goal-Set through SMART Goals

Have you ever been really excited about a goal or the idea of achieving something, but then eventually the excitement wears off or life gets chaotic and you have to push that dream to the back-burner? Or maybe you’re tired of feeling like you have the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year, but never get to where you’d like to be. It may even be starting to feel like you’ll never reach your goal.

Don’t worry – same here!

The good news? The issue may be in how the goal is set rather than what the goal is. Setting big or vague goals is often the downfall of many well-intentioned goals. We’re here to help you revamp the way you approach goal-setting to help set you up for success, every time!

There are 5 key components to setting a goal that will make it more effective and clear, and they are represented in the acronym SMART.

SMART Goals are:

SPECIFIC

The first component of setting a SMART goal is to get specific. Think about what would define the success of achieving this goal; what will it look like when you’ve accomplished it?

For example; instead of I want to lose weight, a more specific goal could sound like I will lose 8 lbs. Rather than, I want to be a better runner; try I will go for a run 3 times a week.

Making your goal as specific as possible sets you up for success by identifying what it is you are striving for. In other words, it is hard to hit a target that you can’t see, and getting specific helps eliminate any vagueness or guesswork for you!

Measurable

The next key part of a SMART goal is to make it measurable. Making it measurable digs deeper into the specificity of your goal. Assigning a number, value, or other form of measure to your goal allows you to track your progress as well as having a clearly defined target.

Using the example above, I will lose 8 lbs, assigning the value 8 lbs makes your goal something you can measure. You can determine when you are halfway there, or when you have reached it!

Making your goal related to something you can measure helps to make it feel less conceptual and can even provide a roadmap for how to achieve your goals. In the above example, I will go for a run 3 times a week, not only is the success of the goal clearly defined, but how to get there is spelled out for you! This step can be a great time to start thinking about your goal in terms of real-time and effort.

attainable

As you start thinking about how to measure your goal, the important concept of attainability will come into play. Lofty goals may sound impressive or inspiring, but can quickly become unrealistic and may have the opposite effect.

One of the great things about SMART goal setting is the option to break your goal up into achievable chunks. For example, if your goal is to lose 25 lbs, starting with losing the first 5 lbs in a month or establishing an exercise routine by completing 4 workouts per week may feel more realistic and less daunting.

The point of goal setting is to challenge yourself, but certainly not to set yourself up for failure! It’s far better to set a goal that feels possible and continuously progress yourself to keep achieving more, than to set an impossibly high goal that is never attained.

relevant

Why is this your goal? Is this in-line with what you want, and what you are working to achieve? Use this component to make sure that your SMART goal is still relevant to your conceptual goal – even at its first step or stage!

This is where it is so helpful to have a trainer or coach helping you identify your goal! Conceptually, the goal of becoming more active or getting more fit can lead to very different SMART goals for different people. Fitness goals are not one-size-fits-all; not everybody’s fitness journey will include weight loss, and not all goals will require the same types of workouts to achieve.

If you’d like some guidance identifying the right SMART goal for you, send us a message!

time-bound

Lastly, SMART goals are time-bound; meaning, they have an end date. If your goal is to lose 8lbs, when should this happen by? A month? A year? 10 years?

Adding a time-bound component to your goal helps to keep you disciplined and on-track. You’ll know what you are working to achieve, how to get started, and when you’ll be done!

Let’s put each component into action and see what that looks like!

Conceptual goal: I want to lose weight.

SMART Goal: I will increase my calories burned each day to lose 8lbs in 6 weeks.

Conceptual goal: I want to be more flexible.

SMART Goal: I will complete one yoga and two stretching sessions a week for the next month to become more flexible.

now what?

Now that you know how to transform your goals into SMART goals, you are well on your way to achieving them! Download our free SMART Goal worksheet below to help you plan your goals, or contact us for specialized help from a Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist!

let’s set your goals!

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