There’s an old saying that goes, ‘A person without goals is like a ship without a rudder’, well that’s true, even if we no longer use the word rudder in our every day language. But think about it, if we don’t have something to strive for then we just go round and round in circles, and as we all know, that cost’s us something we can never get back, time.
So if i could give you something that would save you that time over your own health and fitness journey, would you take it?
Of course you would.
In this blog we talk about the importance of goal setting when it comes to your health and fitness and also a system you can use to make your own goals.
Simple, remember that boat analogy? Yep, it provides us with direction. It gives us clarity, which allows us to be in a position that every time we train, we know what we’re training towards, every time we make a food choice, we know what we’re eating towards,every time we make a lifestyle choice, we know what health and fitness lifestyle we want.
The S.M.A.R.T Model
Just as it reads this model is a smart and simple method anyone can use to create your own health and fitness goals. Let’s break each letter down:
S: Specific. You must know exactly what you want. What’s your end game? Are you training for weight loss? To get on stage? To show up your ex? Or is your high school school reunion coming up?
M: Measurable. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Now that you know why you’re doing this, you must have some measurable outcomes attached to your goals. And not something vague like, ‘Increase my fitness’, or ‘5-10 kilo weight loss’, this ties up with being specific, we want to hear goals like, 9% Body Fat, Squat 200kilos, Run 100metres in 10 seconds. This now gives us an ability to map out and measure at different points throughout your journey.
A: Achievable. Is your goal within your means? Can you actually do it? Is it realistic? I’m sure it is, but this adds to strengthening the reason behind your goal. Don’t set a goal of 30 kilo weight loss, if you don’t have 30 kilos to lose. It seems obvious, but people have shot for the stars before and never even taken off from planet earth.
R. Relevant. How important is this goal to you? Do you want to run the 100 metres in 10 seconds flat because you want to compete in the olympic games, or because it would be a good party trick at your kids athletics day? When something is important to us, we tend to work harder, and be that little bit more determined to do it. Want to lose 7 kilos to finally feel good about yourself in a bikini and eliminate any self doubt that you’ve ever had about roaming the beach? Yeah, that’s pretty important reasoning right there.
T. Timely. Set a time frame up as to when you want to achieve this goal. This is next level accountability. How many times have we worked harder when we have had an event to look forward to? Setting a timeframe or a date should be no different to this. I want to lose 11 kilos by the 1st of December 2014.
Share your goal: We love gossip, it’s human nature, so why not gossip something positive like what you are wanting to achieve? (See Maria’s story how she regained her health with RBT!) As your goals are important to you why not share it with someone that you care about. They will only want you to achieve that goal even more-so, it also adds to accountability, now you’re not only accountable to yourself, but to those you have shared your goals with.
Write it down: When we write something down we increase out commitment to it. There was a fascinating study done by Harvard where students were asked to set goals and write them down. Only 3% had written goals, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed and that 13% was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. That 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined. Not a bad reason to write them down.
My Challenge to you. Set a goal, follow the S.M.A.R.T model, share it with friends, and watch you achieve this goal quicker and better then you could have before you read this blog.
Nik ‘Goal to grow an afro’ Stagno Navarra
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