In the previous article pertaining to setting up your SMART goals we talked about getting SPECIFIC when setting up your goal. Today in step one of a 6 article series, we will be taking a deeper dive into the S in SMART Goals.
Time and time again people fail at attempting their goals because they lack specificity. Regular goals look like this: “I want to lose weight.” S.M.A.R.T goals look something like this: “I want to lose 20 pounds, weight training 3x per week, in 6 months.”
In order to set yourself up for success, get that pen and paper and ask yourself these questions:
- Who is involved?
- Think of people that will keep you accountable and help you stay on course. This could be your significant other, best friend, or a health/strength coach. Find accountability!
- What? what do I want to accomplish?
- Write in one sentence what you want to accomplish. Put this sentence on your fridge, in a picture quote, or somewhere easily visible and will constantly remind you what you are trying to achieve in trying times.
- Where? Identify a location
- Find the places that bring you closer to achieving your goal. This could be a gym, a quiet place at home, or anywhere you feel comfortable with no temptations.
- You also need to identify and be aware of the places that bring you away from your goals, such as certain restaurants, an uncomfortable environment, or even your own fridge.
- When? Establish deadlines
- In the first post we talked about setting short, mid, and long term goals. Not setting short, mid, and long term deadlines within your goal will leave you in the same spot you started.
- Which? Know requirements and restraints
- Know what is a MUST to fulfill your goal. Get that gym membership,buy those gym shoes, or create that monthly budget for clean food.
- Be aware of the restraints by knowing that your goal is actually achievable. This sounds harsh, but you must be real with yourself.
- Why? Specific reason, purpose, and benefits of accomplishing the goal.
- Why do I want to reach this goal? Make this SMART goal specifically unique for YOU.
Thanks! Be sure to check out the next step in the S.M.A.R.T goal article series this week on how to make your goal Measurable.