By: Tatiana Britton
It’s that time of year for New Year’s resolutions and life-changing goals. Although these long-term goals and resolutions have a time and place, sometimes they need to be broken down into smaller shorter term goals in order to be sustainable and achievable.
When you set short term and smaller goals, it can keep you on track towards your larger goal a little bit easier. Not only will it feel more achievable, but it will also keep you motivated along the way. When setting goals you can remember a simple acronym that will help you with achieving your goal successfully. This acronym is S.M.A.R.T.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the smart acronym before. If you have, you’ve probably learned the “A” as attainable. Although this isn’t correct, the team here at Pulse Fitness felt attainable and realistic fall closely hand in hand. When setting goals, it’s important to include HOW you are going to get there and what ACTION it is going to take. Action is what is required to make the goal happen! Don’t worry, I’ll explain more.
It’s common for people to have a goal and state it very broadly. Let’s use “I want to lose 50 pounds” as an example. It’s not an absurd or unrealistic goal, depending on when and how it is desired to be done. When having a goal as such, write it out and then go through the S.M.A.R.T. acronym piece by piece.
Your goal should be specific or else you won’t be able to focus on the goal at hand and may even lose sight of it or motivation. Think of the following questions, when getting specific with your goal:
-What do I want to accomplish?
-Why do I want to accomplish this?
-What all is involved?
-Where will I be performing this?
It’s important to have measurable goals so you can track your progress which will motivate you and keep you on track. Without measurements, you miss deadlines or delay the goal; you may even fall off completely and constantly be starting over and over again.Think of the following terms of measurement:
-How do I know when I’ve hit my goal?
You can write all the goals you want, but if you have no action plan in place, it will never get done. Think of the following questions:
-What do I need to do to accomplish this goal?
-What in my life needs to change?
-What do I need to add/remove into my day(s)?
Make sure the goal you are setting is actually something you can accomplish. It should challenge you but it shouldn’t become impossible.Think about these few questions/statements:
-Where am I starting from right now?
-Do I CARE/is it important to me?
-Is it affordable/accessible?
This one goes hand in hand with measuring and realistic. Every goal needs a timeline and a REALISTIC one. If you don’t have a realistic time goal, it will seem impossible to reach. You can’t go from no exercise at all to then trying to lose 50 lbs in two weeks. It must be realistic and attainable. If you don’t have a timeline at all, you’ll easily fall off track or you’ll continue pushing it off over and over and over again.
If you’re new to the S.M.A.R.T. acronym, it may seem overwhelming or like too much thought. But it doesn’t have to be. Referring back to the example I used in the beginning, “I want to lose 50 lbs” here is how one can write it following the S.M.A.R.T tool.
I WILL lose 50 lbs in 6 months(June 5th, 2021), by signing up with a fitness coach at Pulse Fitness and training with them 3 days a week.
I will sign up with my fitness coach by January 10th, 2021 and I will schedule all of my appointments for Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 11 P.M.
I will track my success by weekly weigh-ins and monthly Inbody scans.
Your goal may not revolve around weight loss, but you can still apply the tools provided in this article to the goal that fits YOU! The start of the new year is the perfect time to create these goals. Get to it! Book a time with us here to let us help you with your SMART goals!