Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Setting achievable goals

With fitness or day to day life, it's very easy to set goals that end up demotivating you instead of motivating you. If you set goals that are so hard to achieve, then you will quickly become disheartened and give up. I know, I used to be one of them. I wanted to look like a Victoria's Secret model but didn't have any idea of how I was going to do it - I just wanted to get there, and fast. 
It's very easy to sit there and say you want to lose a stone in a month, but is that a realistic goal? Is me wanting a Victoria's Secret body whilst sat on the sofa having no clear goals going to work? No, in a word.
At university I study Business and we are always told that a business must set SMART, targets, these are; 
- Specific 
- Measurable  
- Attainable 
- Timely 

I think this is a fantastic set up for making sure failure isn't based on your mental attitude towards what you're doing. 

This is a specific target, and not general. Instead of my goal being to look like a Victoria's Secret model ready for the runway, I decided that instead I would like to lean up, work on my abs and develop my core strength.
Another common goal I hear is "I want to lose weight" well how much do you want to to lose? And what is your timeframe? 

This follows on from above, can you measure your end result and progress? Do you want to drop a dress size? Do you want to decrease your body fat? Do you want to go up a dress size if you feel you are too small? 
How will you know you have reached your goal if you don't have any way of measuring it?

Is your goal realistic? It is very easy to become disheartened if your goal is so far out of reach, it's natural to throw in the towel. 
To make something attainable, you have to have steps in place to be able to reach them, it's no good deciding you want to be "summer ready" if you don't have a set of steps or building blocks to work off of.

I'm a big believer in pushing yourself, but you have to always, always make sure that what you are working for can be done, even if the chances are slim. 
I am naturally quite small in terms of my stature, and I don't have to lose weight to then lean up. I enjoy exercising so is my goal of developing my muscles realistic? If I work hard for it, yes.

A timeframe for success is vital as without a timeframe, it's easy to skip days, and weeks, of your plan if you have no scale to work towards.
Do you want to change the way you look for a certain event or before the year is over? Then make that your timeframe. 
Also, make your timeframe something that is realistic. The SMART targets all work together, if you're working off of a timescale that isn't reasonable then you could end up injuring yourself trying to reach it. 

And there we have it, SMART targets!  

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