Let’s talk about goals…
Goals and Progressive Growth
Do you ever wonder how you can live a healthier life, achieve elevated levels of fitness, and just be an overall healthier version of yourself?
Progressive growth is positive for our overall well being. Progressive growth is guided by goals. Goals provide personal direction, mobilization of our resources, & guidance of our overall efforts. A goal is formed from the recognition of a need or a want within our metaphysical world, and then a burning desire sets in to achieve change. You demand change. Goals can be fueled by either positive or negative feedback that we receive from our external world. This feedback causes some imbalance within our internal compass and the creation of a goal is set.
Here is a simple SMART map that can help you define your goals.
Let’s be “SMART”
S – Specific:
Break that goal into very specific goals. These penny goals are clearly defined. Think of these goals as pennies. After a hundred of them; we are able to complete a whole dollar. Think small. The whole sum is a reflection of all the individual parts.
M – Measurable:
Quantify the goal. Whether the goal is in seconds, minutes, repetitions, sets, or even cups of water; always make sure that you can define the goal through some relative measurement system. This will help keep you accountable and also measure how far you have progressed from the initial set point of your goal.
A – Attainable:
This requires in-depth insight of your attributes and who you are as a person. Reflect on the following:
- What are your greatest strengths?
- What are your limitations & restrictions?
- Is there any room for you to push these limits a little higher every day?
- What are your biggest fears? Why are they your biggest fears?
Take account of all the factors that you think could impact your goal. Divide that list up by those things that you can control, and those things that you have no control over.
Focus on the areas that you can control.
R – Realistic:
Setting up for failure is never a great way to start a journey. Start with goals that you believe your existing resources and efforts can handle. Once you have maximized all those resources and efforts, remain positive and see what other things you can add or subtract to make that goal stay realistic.
T – Timely:
When you have a huge goal, reflect on how much conscious effort is necessary to build towards it. Divide that goal between months, weeks, days, hours and minutes. By understanding the timely requirements of your goal, you are setting yourself up for success. Life gets in the way so being flexible and not existing in an all or none principle will help your motivation and pull you back on track.
Get a Support System in place
Once you have these goals; it can help by having a support system keep you accountable. Share these goals with a significant other, a friend, or your FITHAUS personal trainer. Knowing that someone is going to keep you accountable has a powerful effect on your drive and perseverance.
The science of goal setting remains limitless and I can provide you a ton of information on it.
This is just one of many ways to help you achieve your goals. Stay tuned for more 🙂
Remember your tomorrow self will always be a reflection of your present self.
No hard work ever goes unnoticed.