Less than 2 months to go until the new year! Some of you might be thinking about some resolutions or goals you want to start working on. Maybe you are in the midst of working on one but haven’t dedicated as much time to it as you would like. Sometimes it is hard to figure out how to begin, what direction to head, and what do you when you feel stuck.
There are several resources out there to help you set goals and track your process. I’m a huge fan of the SMART goal setting process.
SMART goal setting involves 5 simple steps:
Specific – This is the “who” and the “what.” Having a goal of getting stronger is too broad. Be specific. Pick a specific movement or an amount you want to improve by. Take pull-ups, for example. For many, pull-ups are that one movement you work so hard at and yet, it still seems so far away. But “what” is it about the pull-ups you want to get better at? Maybe you make your goal to be able to perform 3 kipping pull-ups in a row. This is specific!
Measurable – This is the “how.” How are you going to quantify your goal? Tracking progress is essential to attaining goals, which is why we offer BTWB as way to log lifts, weights, and times. In the pull-up example, the measurement is 3 reps of kipping pull-ups. The measurement could also be a time or percentage. Make your goal something you can track.
Attainable – This also is a “how,” referring to the steps needed to achieve your goal. Maybe there are other resources, people, or support you will look to in order to help make your goal attainable. Maybe you want to drop a pant size. You might enlist the help of a registered dietitian (cough, cough, Carla) or dedicate Sundays to meal planning and grocery shopping.
Relevant – Perhaps the most important part of goal-setting – “why” do you want to accomplish this specific goal? Is it important enough to you to want to stick with it and see it through to the end? It is much easier to stay motivated for meaningful goals.
Timely – “when” do you want to complete this goal? Figure out (with our help) when your target completion date is, then work backwards to set mini benchmarks to hit on your way to completing your goal.
We are here to help you succeed!
Watch for an email in the next week with a goal setting worksheet and how to schedule a time to sit down with a coach to help start you on your journey to success.