What Are Smart Goals?
SMART goal setting helps us achieve our goals by introducing structure, accountability and the ability to keep track of your goals and objectives. Rather than simply stating you want to loose weight or gain strength as a ague resolution, SMART goal setting makes us take it into our own hands and create a strong pathway towards the goal, with clear waymarks and clear timings in mind for you to achieve your goal. Every goal or objective, from intermediary step to overarching objective, can be made S.M.A.R.T. and as such, brought closer to reality.
What does it stand for?
S – Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. For example, a general goal would be “I want to loose some weight” whereas a Specific goal would be “I want to loose 10lbs in the next 10 weeks”,
To make your goal more specific, ask yourself:
Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?
Where: Identify a location.
When: Establish a time frame.
Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
M – Measurable Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
Through measuring your progress it helps you stay on track, makes sure were sticking to our time frame and helps us reach our goal within the targeted dates. It can also help to spur you on through showing how well you’re doing or can make you work harder if you haven’t quite achieved what you wanted to yet.
A – Achievable When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
R – Rrelevant Make sure that you set goals that can actually be attained and make sure you know why you are setting the goal.
If you set a goal that cant be attained then you will be discouraged and demotivated every time you come to look at your results. by setting reliable and realistic goals we will achieve them more often and then be spurred on to go further than our first planned goals.
T – Timing Having a set time frame can make us accountable and push us onward to achieve the goals we set. Everybody knows that deadlines are what makes most people switch to action. Set a goal and give yourself a time frame to work towards it, this makes us push ourselves and work harder.
When I started my training I thought that I would be a fitness model within two years, no idea of how to do it or what it really entailed. So that is a prime example of a wild overreaching goal. Now my focus is on getting stronger and working to more attainable goals, for example “I want to achieve over 1000 pounds on the three big lifts (Squat, Deadlift and Chest Press) by the end of 2017, I will achieve this through working on strength based workouts, and aim to add on at least 2.5 kg onto all my one rep max per month. This will be measure once a month.
Another thing that’s very important when setting SMART goals, is formulating it POSITIVELY. Remember that what you focus on, increases. So when you focus on NOT doing something, all you think about is that thing. And it will increase. So don’t ‘stop procrastinating’, but ‘achieve a daily discipline’. With SMART goals we can spur on and speed up our results and attain our goals.