Setting SMART goals for 2017
Have some goals you want to achieve in 2017? In order to be successful in anything you do, especially in fitness, you need to develop a plan. Haphazardly going to the gym will never allow you to achieve your goals.
They say that people that write their goals down, tell people, and revisit them often are far more successful in achieving them.
How many times have you made New Years Resolutions, only to let them fall by the wayside by mid-January? What if you actually spent some serious time researching, writing them down, and then developing a plan to execute them?
If you’ve been coming to Peak Synergy Fitness for a while now you may have noticed your coaches always have a plan. Always. I have taught martial arts off and on for 20+ years. I have hundreds of class plans I have kept from years of writing them down. At Peak Synergy Fitness we write out the classes on the white board as a courtesy to you and so we don’t have to refer to our notes so much. But, we always have something written out before we show up. I learned at a very young age, that having a plan prevents embarrassment, and allows you track how you are doing. I have kept detailed records of my training since I was 14 years old. I have sets, reps, weight lifted etc for over 30 years of training. I look back and see I starting dumbbell bicep curls with 10 lbs. That was hard for me. Now 40lbs poses no challenge. I would never have remembered that if I did not record it. Business has discovered that what gets measured gets managed. The same applies to life and health related goals.
There are many ways to develop a plan of attack. A common approach is creating “SMART” Goals. S = specific, significant M = measurable, meaningful A = attainable, action-oriented R = realistic, relevant, results-oriented T = time based, trackable.
Saying you want to lose 15 lbs is pretty much useless! But, writing down that you will lose 15 lbs by May 1st by training 3 days a week, sleeping 8 hours a night, walking daily, recording what you eat, taking monthly body measurements, weighing in weekly and revisiting goals weekly…that is a plan. And then you break each component down: What will you do when you train, how will you get eight hours sleep, when are you going to walk, what are you going to eat, who is going to measure you and how else will you measure progress?
Spend a week or more getting very detailed writing down what you want to achieve in 2017. When I set my goals I break them down into different categories: Work, health/fitness, diet, relationships/family, financial, education, home projects, hobbies, entertainment/fun. Within each category are blanket statements like “I want to get rid of my nagging back pain” or “I want to get back to doing 30 pull-ups”. Then I get more detailed on how I am going to achieve it. Each goal might have a half or full page of details. The devil is in the detail. Be detailed, and you will be more successful.
“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” Elbert Hubbard
Wishing you a happy and successful 2017, and looking forward to helping you crush those (SMART) goals.
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