Goal Setting For Health and Fitness.
First figure out your why…
We all have a deep yearning that eats us up inside if we don’t move towards it. Something brought you to this article and that reason is because you have a desire to create some sort of result in some area of your life.
Usually we share our why with another person or a company in order for them to understand our vision and therefore trust us. In this case we need to be certain about our why so that we can trust our own process, along with all the trials and tribulations that come along the way…
Goals on their own, without a why can be intimidating, because of the win or fail scenario. Having a deep enough and compelling reason of ‘why’ this goal is important to you is what keeps you on track. What you’re willing to do and what changes you’re willing to make is determined by how passionate you are about the result.
Get a goal buddy…
Find an accountability partner who also has a similar goal to you and report back to each other on a daily basis for the duration of your journey towards the finish line. The benefits of this must be experienced and can’t be explained in words.
The Journey vs The Goal…
Goals need to be enjoyed at from both a journey perspective and also from the finality perspective. Keep in mind that the finality of the goal is only a stepping stone for something greater and is what sets up the lifestyle aspect of living better.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Actionable
R – Relevant
T – Time Bound
Specific – To what degree can you be specific? The less specific the goal, the more difficult it is to detrimine how long the goal should take to complete or how to measure success. Let’s compare the difference in goals between, ‘get healthy’ ‘lose weight’ and ‘lose 20kg’. You may see that ‘get healthy’ and ‘lose weight’ is much less specific than ‘lose 20kg’.
Measurable – How is the goal measured? What determines success? How is the success of your goal measured? Is it a yes or no answer, like did you win the tennis match or did you climb the mountain? Yes or no? OR is it something that has metrics like for instance our example of losing 20kg?
Actionable – What is your action plan? Do you have the resources or capabilities to carry out a structure to fulfil your goal? Well designed goals provide clarity of action. If there are many aspects to the goal, perhaps it’s best to break your goal down into manageable, actionable sub-goals.
Relevant – This relates back to your why. Some people have too many goals that don’t necessarily relate back to their highest values. You can look at effort vs. value. Some goals are little effort but also give you little value and we can get swept up by having so many of these meaning, that the high effort, high value goals don’t get accomplished. Visualise the life you could have in achieving your ultimate health goal. What sort of life will it give you? It’s highly important to you to make your goals relevant!
Time Bound – By coming up with a desired date you wish to accomplish your goal it gives you incentive and allows you to monitor progress. Consider the difference between, lose 20kg or lose 20kg in 10 weeks! Simply by including an element of time, we can now calculate how many kilograms we need to lose each week and if you’re not tracking at the speed you need to go at you can re-address your action plan, provided of course you’re following it 100%. Be very weary of any goal that is open ended! For instance, increase chest strength. You have no way of monitoring how you’re tracking unless you’ve stated how much strength and by when?
Make sure you re-evaluate your goals on a regular basis so that your goals stay relevant to your why and your highest values.
Remember that a goal without a plan is just a wish!
Let A2ZedHealth know if you need help setting up some structure around your goals and an action plan which will guarantee you success.