We all have goals we set – at the gym, work, home. We S.M.A.R.T. the heck out of them and come up with a plan. Maybe it’s our first pull up, 8 hours of sleep a night, come to class 5x week, or eat veggies at every meal. We jot them down on the whiteboard, talk about them post-workout, work on them and then they just happen. Wait…. no? Maybe? Yes?
We may often be deliberate with practicing the skill we want to gain or have iron clad will-power around our nutrition, but sometimes we do not have the outcome we hoped for. It happens to all of us at times! The good news is, we can start again. You may also say the missed goal is a failure – but reframe that to seeing that, really, there are no failures. But, it is feedback to you on how you can improve or learn from the experience.
Let’s go back to the original Goal and make sure it really is smart – for YOU. For your life, lifestyle, values.
S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Goal-crushing and successful people are often objective. They have realistic targets in mind. They know what they are looking for and why they are fighting for it. Create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals. Grab a coach to review with you!
Consider these best practices when setting goals
- Don’t just think about them, write them down! Try writing them on paper or in a journal – there is something about you writing them, working from your mind to the paper, that is magical. Next, write down why it is important to you. If you aren’t sure, try asking yourself “How would this impact my life?” Getting clear about why it’s important helps you find your purpose in doing.
- Positive Mindset: determine that you WILL do this, no matter what obstacles get in the way. Maybe this means doing a home work-out at 5am instead of being able to go to class because your child is home sick. Maybe this means going to the grocery store when it’s 7pm and it’s snowing out, so you have quality food for good choices the next day. Goal-crushing people concentrate on the positives – they look for the lesson or ways to improve in every situation. Keeping a positive outlook will lead you to greater fulfillment and progress. Try this anywhere in your life…..I promise it will help
- Consistency: what we do repeatedly becomes our new “normal” and part of our lifestyle. Consider breaking down a big goal into a series of smaller goals. This helps feel like you are making progress and that the goal is manageable and sustainable. The simple act of getting started and doing something will give you the momentum you need, and soon you’ll find yourself in a positive spiral of changes – one building on the other.
- Work outside of our comfort zone. A common thing to see is a person’s reluctance to accept an opportunity or set a goal simply because they don’t think they’re ready or they doubt themselves. Meaning, they feel uncomfortable and believe they should first get more knowledge, skill, time, experience, etc. before they can try something new. Honestly, we never actually feel 100% ready for a challenge. A challenge is meant to push us to grow physically, emotionally, mentally. How many of us ever had the thought before a workout or big presentation… “I don’t know if I can do this?”. It may have even been uncomfortable or hurt a bit. Guess what? You did it. Moments in your life will come and go and if you are looking to make positive changes you will need to invite these uncomfortable moments. Arms wide…..embrace it!
- Keep it simple. No need to complicate things, it just gets confusing and overwhelming! Try simplifying. Choose a goal that means something to you, have a plan and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work or you find it’s not actually what you need/want, you can change it!
- Spend time with the right people. Successful people associate with people who are like-minded, focused, caring and supportive. Find people that support and “get” you. Hang out with these people. Said another way….come join us in class!