It is something everyone needs to do but many don’t! Goal setting can be applied in and outside of the gym, work, relationships, finances, family, literally anything! These simple steps I will take you through can be applied to anything.
Be smart about your goal setting. These are the five rules you can stick by when creating a goal.
Be specific about you want to achieve. Be as specific as you can to ensure you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Ask questions; what, where, when, who, how and why.
The why is important as you need to ensure you have some emotional attachment with this goal as this means you’re more likely to keep working towards the goal. For example I want to get a promotion – which leads to a pay raise at work – if I receive a pay raise that relieve stress on myself as I will be more comfortable with my finance – this means I can treat my family to holidays – which will make both myself and them happy.
As you can see, a simple pay raise goal has now shown me that is if achieve this goal, my family and I will be happier and stress will decrease.
This is to ensure that you can measure if you have achieved your goal or if you’re on route to achieve your goal. Using the example above, have a check list of what your employer has given you, and once all has been ticked you will receive that promotion! This gives you an accurate view of what you have to do, as well as how close you are to completing your goal.
This is to make sure the goal you have in mind is attainable, what a waste of time it would be trying to achieve something that can’t be achieved! Ensure what you have set is attainable. Using the same example, trying to achieve a promotion would take a lot of time and effort. You need to ensure you have the time to put the work into getting your promotion.
Is the goal you have set relevant to you. You need to make sure the goal you have set is right for you, do you need a promotion, will it effect your life positively or negatively, do you have the right personality for what you want etc.
Set yourself a timeframe to ensure you have a deadline to achieve this goal in. Don’t be too strict with setting a date to achieve this goal but you cannot be too lenient as you will have no drive to complete this goal.
Lets take a common fitness goal – a marathon.
- Specific – Run a marathon.
- Measurable – Enter a race, where time and distance are officially measured.
- Achievable – I am currently running 5k and do not currently have any injuries that would increase the time it would take me to 42k.
- Realistic – I am running currently and enjoy running and completing this will gain me more confidence improving my overall personality.
- Timely – I am giving myself 6 months, with my currently situation I will have time to run regularly through the week for 6 months to build up my distance to my desired goal. I will also be working with a trainer who will be giving me an exercise programme over the 6 months to improve my running ability.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.”
—Mark Victor Hansen