SET GOALS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK TO ENSURE YOU ACHIEVE RESULTS

Posted on 23rd Jan 2019

Why should I set a goal for myself?

One of the main reasons that individuals do not achieve results is when they fail to set goals and plans to reach their aims. Successful athletes, business people and achievers in all walks of life set goals. Goals give you long – term vision and short – term motivation. They help you to organise your time, resources and ensure you stay on track.

How do I set out a meaningful goal?

Your goal should be a short statement of what you want to achieve. It needs to be SMART which stands for:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time bound

What details should I include?

Be Specific – What do you really want to achieve?

Make it Measurable – This will usually mean adding a number. For example weight loss target, hours of exercise you plan to do or finish time for an event.

Set Achievable Target – Use the time frame to help determine this. If the target is too ambitious you will lose motivations or if it’s too easy you will not feel like you have achieved much.

Be Relevant – Why do you want to achieve the goal? Make it meaningful to you.

Set a Time – You need a time frame which is adequate for the goal.

What does a SMART goal look like?

Here is an example:

“To be able to run 10km in sub 50 minutes within 12 weeks of training”

• Specific - 10km in sub 50 mins makes it tangible and gives it a boundary.

• Measurable - Finish the race in the specified time.

• Achievable - Already completed three 10km runs and only 5 minutes off this planned time so challenging but realistic.

• Relevant - Aiming to completing the race in a faster time will increase motivation for training and running.

• Time bound - The race is in 12 weeks.

What else can I do to make my goal even more effective?

Although the goal is SMART it can sometimes still feel like a “huge mountain to climb”. This can result in feelings of overwhelm, fear and frustration. The easiest way to avoid this is to break the goal into a series of smaller milestones. The main goal will get you motivated and excited but the milestones will keep you more focussed.

Using your SMART goal you will be able to develop a Training/Exercise Programme to ensure you achieve success.

“A goal without a plan is merely a dream”

SMART goals really do keep you focussed and accountable. They also allow you to track your progression and if necessary make adjustments.

SET YOUR GOAL, MAKE A PLAN, TRAIN HARD, ACHIEVE GOAL, REPEAT