What is your SMART Goal for 2016?

Its nearly 2016 – So What Are You Aiming at?

A motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, once said

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

And each of us knows from our own experience that he is right. The general flow of human life tends to be toward ease and comfort. One day flows into the next, and many of us never quite get around to turning our good intentions into reality.

Those ‘good intentions,’ while no doubt admirable, tend to remain unrealised mainly because they are too vague. Vague ideas are impossible to focus on and aim for; they are just moving targets.

So, do you have moving targets in your life?

Perhaps you want to eat a healthier diet or lose the winter weight that has crept upon you last year?

Or maybe you just want to establish a regular workout routine and stick with it this time?

The keys to your success are to set SMART goals, but not just at work, to use them also to improve your health and wellness.

So What are SMART Goals?

Specific – Write down exactly what you want, for example ” I am going to lose 4lbs of fat in the next 4 weeks” as opposed to ” I want to lose some weight by summer”

Measurable – You need to establish a base/starting point, take measurements, record your weight or take a fitness test. Then you have something to aim for and compare to in 4 weeks time.

Attainable – Your goal should push you but make a realistic initial goal that you CAN achieve, then set your next goal.

Realistic – Be sure not to set yourself up to fail make sure that your time frame is realistic. You will lose 1lb of fat in 1-2 weeks but 10lbs in the same timeframe is not realistic.

Timeframe – Do you have a timeframe? Mark it on the calendar, write it in your diary, by the 15th of January 2016, I will have achieved…..

Without setting specific goals, your good intentions are exactly like a moving target. You would like to lose some weight, feel a little better, make a change in your diet, but without clearly defined goals and methods, you won’t be able to focus and make it happen.

So what would you like to achieve with your SMART Goals?

• How much weight do you want to lose?
• What kind of changes do you want to make in your diet?
• How many days per week do you want to exercise?
• Which article of clothing do you wish would fit your body again?
• How much weight would you like to lift while strength training?

Once you know where you want to end up, you are much more likely to get there.

But you have to start moving toward your goals. That is where momentum comes in.

Create Momentum to Reach Your Goals

Sometimes, the hardest part of reaching a goal is just getting started. That first day of doing things differently or the first experience of bypassing an unhealthy treat in favour of a food that will give you more energy can be daunting. It isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t fun.

So how do you get that momentum? How do you start moving? Accountability is the answer. Having someone else involved in your efforts can be the most important factor in your success.

It is hard to change lifelong habits on your own. You need radical motivation that comes from involving others in your efforts. Setting deadlines, making commitments and entering contests all provide an external motivation that will carry you through even the toughest temptations.

And once you get started, you will find that the momentum principle kicks in and it becomes easier and easier to keep going.

Start NOW

You can make that change by taking a few minutes to write down what you want. Go on STOP what you are doing a write just 1 goal down. Don’t make it your goals too broad; remember, be specific. And then begin brainstorming ways to get others involved with you; that will help provide your momentum. Success is within your reach. You can do this!

Take the FLI Challenge!

Write your goal down in your personal diary then email it to me at steve@flifitness.co.uk, to make it real! I will be your initial accountability coach.

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