Do you have a goal that you dream of achieving but the mere thought sends you into a panic or fear of failure? At some point, we all have dreams and aspirations that may seem out of reach. By setting smart goals for success, you are allowing yourself to lay down the proper foundation for you to get closer to your goal one day at a time.
When beginning your fitness journey, I encourage you to write down a few long term goals on a piece of paper. On another piece of paper, jot down all of the smaller, short term and more achievable goals that are needed to be accomplished in order to achieve the long term/overall goal.
Stating, “I want to lose weight” is not going to get you anywhere in the long run unless you answer some important questions first. How will you lose weight? How much weight do you want to lose? Do you have a deadline? Will you still be at a healthy body weight after dropping few pounds? Why do you want to lose weight?
By setting goals that are S.M.A.R.T., you will be able to answer these questions as well as set yourself up for success!
SMART is an acronym that stands for-
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Example of Setting a SMART Goal:
Specific Goal: I want to lose 10 pounds in order to keep my weight in the “healthy” zone on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale for my height.
Measurable: I can measure my current weight as a starting weight and log my weight once a week (Sundays).
Attainable: I currently eat too much and I am not active enough. I can slightly lower my caloric intake and begin to work out 3 times a week after work so that I will be able to get closer to my goal.
Relevant: Since my clothes are becoming tighter and my Body Mass Index is almost in the overweight range for my height, it is relevant for me to become more proactive about maintaining my health.
Time-bound: I am going to give myself 3 months to lose 10 pounds. This means I would lose less than 1 pound per week which is at a safe, healthy and realistic rate of weight loss.
By following the criteria that you outlined in your SMART goal, you will be able to accomplish the small goals like tracking your weight each week, being more active or monitoring your caloric intake in order to meet your specific and original goal of wanting to lose 10 pounds. Many people begin with the end in mind but never focus on all of the steps needed to get you there.
Dream Big, But Be Realistic…
Whatever your goals and dreams may be, whether it be health and fitness related or about your job or relationships, setting smart goals will help you reach your full potential and set yourself up for the successful life that you are meant to live! By having a plan of action with your smart goals to help you along the way, you can keep yourself in check and make changes for the better. Just remember to be realistic and flexible with the goals you set for yourself. Getting to ahead of yourself and creating unrealistic deadlines will lead you to failure and frustration. Begin with specific and attainable smart goals to stay positive and on the right track.
Have you fallen off of the healthy choices path? If you need a bit of extra help, check out this free eBook that will provide you with all of the healthy living tips, nutrition and training advice in order to get back on the right path. If you simply want to know more about nutrition and how much and what type of food you should eat to reach your fitness goals, check out the “How Many Calories Should I Eat” article for some easy to follow advice.
How do you set and stick to your goals? In the comments section below, I would love to hear from you about your past experiences that have worked for you.