Go Get Em', Goals!
Let’s face it, we all have goals we want to achieve, be them daily, monthly, or even yearly. The problem with actually achieving these goals? Well, life! We get busy, life gets in the way, and it makes for an easy excuse to not accomplish what we set out to.
New Years resolutions and goals have become a staple to our society’s January 1st rituals, but giving up on those goals by week 2 is ritual, too. Goals can be so beneficial in helping you succeed in whatever area you aim to improve/change, but it is crucial to make sure your goals are set in a manner that is attainable, realistic, and has a set time frame so you don’t push it off to finish ‘some day’.
Over the years, many of my goals have faced this ritualistic failure, but I have found the goal-setting gold mine that has proven to me time and time again that I can set goals and ACCOMPLISH THEM!
You may have heard of it before, but SMART goals is a highly effective and widely used method of setting goals that sets you up for a higher chance of success. I love this method of goal setting and want to share with you all about SMART goals so that you can set achievable goals, too!
First off, let’s chat about what SMART stands for.
When setting a SMART goal, you need to meet these 5 different parameters:
S - Specific
This means your goal must be clearly defined so that anyone can understand the desired outcome. The goal also needs to contain a detailed description of what is being accomplished, when it needs to be accomplished, and the actions that it will take to accomplish the goal.
M - Measurable
Your goals must be quantifiable. If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it. You need to be able to measure your goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
A - Attainable
You want to challenge yourself and push yourself, but you also need to make sure the goals are achievable. If they are not, you could be setting yourself up for failure before you even start! Make sure to take a step back and determine if your goal is something you can truly achieve, or if you need to lower your expectations a notch.
R - Realistic
You have to believe in the goal and know it can be accomplished with a little hard work, some dedication and a lot of consistency. If your goal isn’t set within the realm of what is realistic for you and your day to day life, chances are you won’t be successful.
T - Timely
You must set a deadline of completion, and it has to be realistic but not too distant. Again, you are looking to challenge yourself but also be able to complete the goal at hand! I recommend setting goals for no more than a year out; if you are working toward a goal of saving x amount within 5 years, break it down into saving 1/5 of that amount each year. This way, you will be able to stay on track and not in the mindset of ‘oh, i have four more years to worry about it’.
Take a look at this example SMART goal for someone wanting to eat better:
Specific: I want to form clean eating habits that are lifelong.
Measurable: I will eat clean 80% of the time.
Attainable: I will accomplish this goal by planning out my weekly meals every Sunday, shopping mainly the perimeter of the grocery store, and preparing my meals for the week in advance.
Realistic: I will make healthier versions of meals I enjoy, and will enjoy the process by not restricting. Weight loss and clean eating are relative to my other objectives of getting healthier.
Timely: I will eat clean 80% of the time and live a healthier lifestyle within 12 months from today.
Goal Recap: I want to form clean eating habits that are lifelong. To do so, I will work toward eating clean 80% of the time, and will accomplish this no later than 12 months from today. To help accomplish my goal, I will plan out my weekly meals every Sunday, shopping mainly the perimeter of the grocery store, and preparing my meals for the week in advance. I will make healthier versions of meals I enjoy, and will enjoy the process by not restricting. Weight loss and clean eating are relative to my other objectives of getting healthier.
Now, let’s make some goals.
Once you’ve set your goal(s) based on a SMART plan, it’s time to put it into action! This is hands-down the most crucial part of goal setting. The action plan needs to clearly spell out how to achieve your long term and your short term goals. To make your goals seem less daunting, break them down into what needs to be accomplished daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. This way, you can have a clear cut view of what you need to achieve when, and will be much less overwhelmed.
To help break down your goals, we have whipped up some Goal Setting Worksheets to help guide you through your goals! Click on the links below to access the different guides.
SMART Goal Guide: Use this worksheet to ensure your goals fit into the SMART goal parameters and to make goal setting simple!
To access the SMART Goal Guide worksheet, click HERE.
Goal Tracker - All Goals: Use this goal tracker to organize your goals by daily/weekly/monthly/yearly to see a clear view of what goals you have to complete and by when. This will help make your goals seem less daunting!
To access the Goal Tracker worksheet, click HERE.
Goal Tracker - Category: This goal tracker is great if you want your goals broken down even further! Map out each specific goal group (daily/weekly/monthly/yearly) and break each group of goals down by category, from business goals to personal and mental goals, and more!
To access the Goal Tracker by Category worksheet, click HERE.
Take a screen shot of the worksheets to use on your phone or tablet, or download to print your worksheets and fill out! Do whatever works for you to be the most successful you can be when working toward your goals.
When it comes to your goals, trust in the process but evaluate often.
Are you working towards your goals, or have you fallen off track?
What is causing you to not reach your goals?
What changes need to be made?
Do you need to be held accountable?
Do you need someone to help you measure your success?
If so, let’s talk! I’d love to help you reach your fitness goals, one day at a time!
Now, go get em’, goals!