It’s a very common question when we train – “What are you training for?” But how do we answer if we do not have any goals or objectives? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to answer with “My goal is to drop 2 inches off my waist in 3 months and I’ve already dropped an inch!”
Well…these goals are easy to set with a simple method called SMART.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Timescale
Specific – Your goal should be clear and specific to a fitness/health outcome, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. So don’t set a goal to lose weight, set a goal to drop 10lbs.
Measurable – It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal. Again, similar to your specific goals, measurable could be the SIZE or your arms, or your PERCENTAGE of body fat. It’s best to use a figure!
Achievable – This goes without saying, but it is vitally important that your goals are achievable and realistic. There is no point in setting a goal that you cannot reach.
Relevant – Your goal being relevant is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. It has to matter to you to ensure the best chances of achieving it and maintaining motivation.
Timescale – Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This could be a holiday, a wedding, maybe even a photo shoot or competition!
Now that you now the recipe to a kick-ass goal setting balti…get cooking!
Think of where you want to be, or to have achieved in 2 months, 6 months…heck, even 2 years, and start to break them down and make them SMART.
Goals are much more achievable using the SMART method and I really want you to have as high as a chance as possible to achieve them.
Please let me know how you get on and comment your new SMART goals below.