People work out for different reasons. Depending on what your reason is, you need to make sure you can visualize them–not so you understand, but so you can keep your mind on them. Every aspect of life that requires your commitment must be able to reward you in one way or the other, and it is getting this reward that helps you to set goals. However, you must set clear, direct and specific goals– the best way to do this is to make sure they areS.M.A.R.T.
S – Be Specific
Make sure your goals are direct and clear. Each goal should seek to achieve only one objective. Your goal shouldn’t be to “be healthy,” because there are so many other ways to be healthy apart from working out. “To stay fit” or “lose weight" are more specific.
M – Make Sure it is Measurable
This helps you to know if you are making progress or not. How many pounds do you want to lose? Make sure your goals have a number.
A – Make Sure it is Attainable
Do not set any unrealistic target for yourself. You need to be practical and make sure that what you have set is reasonable and sensible. You cannot lose 50% of your weight in six months, even if you try!
R – Make Sure it is Relevant
There is no point in setting goals that will not benefit you. If it is your goal, it must be directly related to you, and you must be passionate about it.
T – Time
Your goal must be measurable. It should be tracked all the way. The best way to lose sight of a goal is not to add the time factor to it.
Examples ofS.M.A.R.T. goals include: “I will lose one pound of my weight every week for the next four weeks,” “I will work out for 30 minutes four times in a week for six months” or “I will drink water instead of a soft drink throughout this week.”
Now that we have been able to establish goal setting, you need to know that you are expected to smash them and move on. Your goals are not meant to limit you and keep you in a cage. If you can reach your goal, you can surpass it – you are meant to transcend it.
For us, goals are supposed to be the benchmark for minimum performance, not maximum performance. Achieving your goals should be your starting point, not your finishing point or resting point. You have so much in you that there are no realistic goals that you cannot smash and out-perform.
Your goals should be stepping stones — not your finishing point. Roll up your sleeves, reach deep down for the energy, smash the hell out of the goal – and do it as if you were born just for that.
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