SMART Goals

Set your goals the SMART way

Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound

Specific

So what is a specific goal? It is a goal that you know exactly what you want achieve. Saying “I want to lose weight” isn’t specific, because, well, how much weight do you want to lose? Saying “I want to lose 3kg”, now this gives you purpose and drive to achieve that goal.

 

Measurable

If you don’t measure, well, how do you know if you’ve improved or succeeded? Stop saying things like “I want want to improve my 10k time”. Measure your successes with statements like “I’m going to improve my 10k time by 1 minute!”.

 

Actionable

What are they? They are goals that when said should be worded in a way that allows you to take action. If you feel like you need to stretch more, say “I’m going to spend 15 minutes a day stretching”, this has action and is holding you accountable.

 

Realistic

Don’t let self-limiting beliefs get in the way. Your goal should challenge you and put you outside of your comfort zone. At the same time, be careful not to set a goal that is beyond common sense. So, it may not be realistic to increase your back squat by 50kg in one month…

 

Time-Bound

All of your goals should have a “due date.” Not a year, not a month, but literally pick a day that you will accomplish your goal. “Get my Facebook page up and running by Thursday 30th November”, Tick!

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