Lifestyle SMART Goals Setting

Setting goals

Only 62 days left for 2019. Where has the time gone?! Have you achieved everything you have wanted for 2019? If you have done an awesome job, but there are still 62 days left, why not create another goal? If you haven’t completed your goal already, will you reach it in time? Or was it not a SMART goal? Why is setting SMART goals important? It gives us a purpose in life, giving us a sense of direction and helping us progress. Also, don’t you love that feeling after completing a goal you have set? Best feeling ever! Today I’m going to show you the SMART goal-setting method that I am using to set my personal goals. You can use this method with any goals you have in your life revolving around your career, health/ fitness goals, personal life, etc.

I use a S.M.A.R.T goal setting method. What is that? Let’s go through each principle.

Specific – Don’t have a vague goal of just “lose weight” or “get stronger” – let’s aim for specifics! You want to make your goal set out, so it is clear what you want to achieve. For example, “I want to deadlift  ___kg ” or “I want to run 5km in ___”.

Measurable – How will you measure this goal? Can you set benchmarks to measure your progress along the way? If you’re looking to improve your squat by 10kg, this is a very specific, and measurable goal. You can also work towards achieving this in increments, so ticking off when you increase by 2.5kg, 5kg, 7.5kg and eventually the big 10kg increase!

Achievable – Be realistic! You won’t lose 10kg in 5 weeks, you need to make sure the goal is achievable within the time frame you set! Nothing is worse than setting a goal you can not make! An achievable goal would be I want to add 2 kilos every week to my deadlift weight so I can reach my goal of deadlifting an extra 10 kilos in 4 weeks’ time.

Relevant – This is your why. You want to make sure it’s relevant to you, your lifestyle, and any other goals you are working towards! Make sure you are 100 percent passionate about this goal.

Time-Specific – Aim to set a deadline to keep you accountable, as well as mini-steps along the way to break the goal down into achievable time frames.

Once you reach your goal you can then set some new goals. Keep striving for more and progressing through life! I would love to hear your feedback on this! If you need some assistance to help set some goals, shoot me a message!

-Tylah from Tylah Baumgarten PT

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