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SMART Goal Setting

January 2, 2018

 

How many times have you tried to start a new diet?

 

The first 3 weeks everything is going great, then one Friday evening after a stressful week in work you find yourself sitting in front of the TV, empty pizza box on the table and on your 2nd bottle of wine, thinking oh s**t.

 

The whole diet unravels and BOOM – you’re back where you started!

 

Sound familiar?

 

Don’t worry it happens to almost everyone at some point.

 

Research has shown that 92% of New Year’s goals fail by January the 15th.

 

That is because there is no thought process put into creating these goals and they are made up spontaneously.

 

No matter how big or small your goal is, whether it is to lose 5 pounds or 5 stone, run your first mile or your first marathon, here at Nikafit we advise using a SMART approach to setting out your goals.

 

By following our five simple steps you will be surprised how easy it is to achieve your goals and become a better you.

 

If you are SMART, your goals should be:

 

Specific:

 

How many times have you said I want to live a healthier lifestyle?

 

While we admire your aspirations, aiming to be “healthier” is far too vague.

 

Are you going to start exercising, exercise more, lose weight or stop eating takeaways?

 

Maybe even a combination?

 

Of course by doing any of those we will become “healthier”, but how will we know if we are going in the right direction if we don’t have an exact target to aim for?

 

Let’s take for example setting a goal for going to the gym; don’t just say you’re going to go the gym make it specific;

 

“I’m going to go to three personal training sessions  a week and one cardio class”

 

Which leads us on to our next point...

 

Measurable:

 

Make your goal something you can measure and put a number on.

 

Adding a number to it means you have a target, and makes it easier to assess you whether you have accomplished your goal or not.

 

For example if your goal was to simply just “lose weight” over the next 3 months then you could lose 1 pound over the 3 months and technically still achieve your goal even if this is not the exact scenario you had in mind.

 

If the goal has a number set to it then it will have clarity.

 

You will have either succeeded, or failed.

 

Achievable:

 

This is the most important part of setting our goal.

 

Often the idea of reaching for the moon becomes so daunting many of us fail to even launch.

 

Make your goal realistic.

 

There is no point in saying I want to be the fastest man on earth, it’s impossible.

 

First of all I wasn’t blessed with freakish genes that make me capable of running a sub 10 second 100 metres, along with another number of reasons it is impossible for me to do so.

 

Using our weight loss example; It is unrealistic to say I’m going to lose 3 stone in a month for a number of reasons.

 

Firstly it is unsustainable! It would take an extreme crash diet and a ridiculous training regime. This in time will cause us to just break down both physically and mentally making it a severe hazard to our health.

 

Make sure the goal is well within reach but at the same time don’t make it too easy.

 

This will make it rewarding when your hard work pays off and you succeed in reaching your goal.

 

Relative:

 

When making a goal, why take into consideration what others want you to do?

 

This is where many fail; the goal is only set to please a partner, friend or to make an impression on others.

 

When making a goal, define it as something YOU want to do, something that will make YOU happy, one that

 

YOU will reap the rewards of, and in turn become a better YOU.

 

If your goal is only in place to please others then you won’t enjoy the journey, and even more so, you won’t feel the full satisfaction of accomplishing your goal - if you even get there.

 

Time-based:

 

Put a deadline on when you are going to achieve your goal by.

 

This will ensure that we are under strict orders to adhere to the plan you are following.

 

Again this will make it precise meaning that you will either have achieved your goal, or not, within your set deadline.

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A good example of a goal set out using these tips would be to lose a stone over a 3 month period.

 

Firstly, we know exactly what we are looking for -  weight loss. This makes it Specific.

 

Secondly, we can Measure weight therefore we know exactly how much we have lost, and still have to lose!

 

Thirdly, is it Achievable? Damn right it is!!!

 

1 stone = 14 lbs. To lose a stone over 3 months means we only need to drop a pound a week.