Some of you have already set some goals for 2016, which is awesome. For those that haven’t, think about some things in 2015 that you did not achieve and start 2016 off by writing those down and working on them. What holds you back in workouts? What do you not like to see on the whiteboard when you come in and why? Those are just some ideas for you. In either case, once you have determined them, write them down and put them in a place you will see them everyday. Stick it on the fridge, on your laptop screen……put them in a place you will look often. This will help remind you, and keep on track.
Now you have your goals. Check and make sure they are SMART. SMART goals help improve achievement and success. A SMART goal clarifies exactly what is expected and the measures used to determine if the goal is achieved and successfully completed.
A SMART goal is:
Specific (and strategic): It answers the question. Who? and What?
Measurable: The success toward meeting the goal can be measured. Answers the question—How?
Attainable: Goals are realistic and can be achieved in a specific amount of time and are reasonable.
Relevant (results oriented): The goals are aligned with current tasks and projects and focus in one defined area; include the expected result.
Time framed: Goals have a clearly defined time-frame including a target or deadline date.
SMART goal example: To improve my nutrition by planning meals and meeting my daily Macro nutrient intake +/- 10% (tracked with My Fitness Pal) for Protein, Carbs and Fat through daily/weekly meal planning by the end of January 2016.
Specific-Who? What? To improve my nutrition by using macros.
Measureable/Assessment-How? By meeting my daily predetermined macro intake +/-10% window, using MFP App.
Attainable/Achieve-Reasonable? It is possible and able to track progress to see whether or not I am meeting my macros.
Relevant-Expected Result? Meeting the +/-10% by days end
Timed-When? By the end of January.
Now that you know what SMART goals are check and see if you actually have SMART goals. To “lose weight” is not a SMART goal. To “Lift X amount of pounds’ is not SMART”. Check your goals and adjust the if needed. If you need help, please ask a coach.