Goal Setting: The SMART way to success - Charlie Lewis

Posted: 14th Feb 2016

Category: Health and Fitness Tips

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What is goal setting? Why do we always hear people talking about long term and short term goals? How do we put these goals into reality?

Goal setting is a mental training technique that can be used to increase an individual’s commitment towards achieving a personal goal. Having a short or long term goal can encourage an individual to work harder, to be more focused on the task and to overcome setbacks more easily.

Goal setting, is a technique pioneered by Locke (1968) and effects performance in four ways:

  • Focuses attention
  • Mobilises effort in proportion to the demands of the task
  • Enhances persistence
  • Encourages the individual to develop strategies for achieving their goals

As we grow up in life we’re told to dream of the bigger picture, be the best at what we do, go for GOLD. Having big aspirations is admirable not to mention inspiring, but these dreams need to be broken down into a more calculated approach when setting a GOAL, this can be a fitness goal, work goal or just a general goal for everyday life. Sometimes you have to just take a step back and think about how can you reach this long-term goal. Remember you want to set yourself up for SUCCESS not burnout or injury.

It’s easy to set big goals. But how many times have you or someone you know set a goal to lose x amount of weight  or to exercise an hour 6 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks later. Even though everyone has all good intentions and the will power to set out to do something big, without a plan or a SMART goal set they are more than likely to fail.

Specific – A goal needs to be specific as possible so you can work towards it and achieve it – for example ‘lose weight’

Measurable – Tracking your progress, progress pictures, recording measurements, keeping track on distance and times for events and weight lifted J this keeps you motivated

Achievable – are your goals possible to meet? Keep on track by setting smaller goals to help you achieve the big goal J

Realistic – set a realistic goal,if its too big to reach too soon then you are more than likely to fail.

Time Frame – set a deadline for the achievement of your goals and objectivists using a reasonable time frame.

While setting your goals ask your self questions along the way so you can get more of a detailed answer for your final goal you are going to set. For example :-

Why do you want to lose weight? How much weight do you want to lose? What time frame do you have?

What exactly do you want to achieve?

These are a lot of questions to answer to find your goal, just a general over look on your lifestyle might be a better approach if you aren’t exactly sure on what you want to achieve.

‘i want to feel happy, full of energy, healthy diet and regular exercise’

Setting goals isn’t always about fitness, weight loss or training towards an event. Goals can be set for everyday life and towards work commitments. Every day-to-day goals are a good way to keep you on track with your busy lifestyle. Also within work commitments the managers/bosses will set their employers targets to meet – goals to keep them motivated in the working environment.

Goals that are being set have to be within reach of completion from the individual. If the goal/target has been set way out of their reach, then the individual is going to think twice about starting it as it will put too much pressure on them and can result in knocking back their confidence and can consequently cause stress levels to rise.

Smart way to success – keep goals simple and realistic. Really think about what it is you want to achieve and set a time frame that you think you can achieve this is goal.

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