The first time I remember being told to construct a goal was at 12 years old. I’m sure there were even earlier goals set and obtained, but the first one I remember was as a pre-teen. We were encouraged at school to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up, and then to research out the top three choices. The next day we were taken to the library where files of information (yes, this was before iPad’s and smart phones) held resources for our top career choices. From there we were encouraged to watch videos and even find a professional in your desired field. A lot of things have changed since then, but one thing that always remains consistent is the process of setting a goal and achieving it.
All of us have goals in life. For some they are daydreams, and for others they are detailed plans executed to the most minute of details. Here at Sole these steps can be used by all, and we encourage you to follow the suggestions below in order to ensure your fitness goals will be accomplished!
1. Set a Clear Fitness Goal
As the foundation of the process, setting a specific and clear goal is vital. If the facets are too obscure, then you are allowing the goal to be bent when it becomes difficult. By setting a clear goal, you’ll have a clear direction and a solid jumping off point.
2. Write it Down
Make sure you write down the goal and post it somewhere that will be visible at least daily. Writing down goals is a great way to ensure ownership and commitment. We even encourage you to tell those around you about your goal, this will help propel and remind you to accomplish it!
3. Establish a Time Table
Not only is making a goal realistic vital to success, but also establishing realistic times in your schedule to do it! Organize time each day, and block out that time. Remember this isn’t something that you can wing, it has to be structured and undisturbed.
4. Break It Down
This is a great time to review the specifics you wrote down. Break down the goal into bite sized pieces, like you would the dark chocolate you’re going to reward yourself with.
5. Take Action
Now that you have established everything you need: clarity, reminders, time and pieces; you’re ready to do it! Push yourself, we’re rooting for you here at Sole!
6. Keep Setting Higher Limits to Keep it Alive
There will, no doubt, be times when your goal will fall short. I remember one of those same middle-school teachers quoting Les Brown, “Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you miss, you’ll land in the stars.” The same is true for your fitness goals, don’t get discouraged if one of them fails. The last step of this process is to evaluate what was successful and what wasn’t, adjust and start again.
Since I’ve taken you all back to the nostalgia school, why not end with an acronym? A good reminder of the process is what experts call the “Smart” process (see graphic above.)
In the comment section, feel free to exercise step #2! And if you are looking for a templet to outline your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. program, try Stanford’s by clicking here.