Have you heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals for management teams? It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. This goal setting concept can apply to your fitness journey as much as it works for your career aspirations. Here’s how:
o Putting goals in writing helps you follow through!
o Planning out a specific schedule and strategies helps limit challenges and barriers.
o Creating a road map lets you monitor your progress, see where you need improvement, and set healthy habits to achieve your goals.
Setting specific goals provides a definite outcome to work towards and gives us specific steps to follow, such as:
◦ I will eat 5+ servings of steamed vegetables daily.
◦ I will work out at the fitness center 3 days a week!
Saying “I want to lose weight” is easy to say but too vague. Instead say: “I want to lose 5 lbs.” It gives you something solid to work towards.
Your goal needs to be physically possible, as well as healthy. For instance, “I want to lose 1 lb. a week for 10 weeks” is a realistic goal to work towards.
Ask: Is this goal relevant to your lifestyle and bigger objectives?
Giving yourself a set time to achieve your goal helps you plan out & monitor your progress, while also giving you an extra push to get started and stay on track. Without time frames, it is easy to fall into “I will start next week” and never start.
Overcome barriers by:
- Identifying them
- Creating a support system
- Asking for help
- Creating a “contract”
- Making a Pros/Cons list
Identify your goals, put them in writing, and get started today!