Goal setting is a commonly talked about topic in our everyday lives. We set goals and strive for ambitions without any second thought however seeing these through is the issue that most of us struggle with. We see many people who do not succeed in their personal goals or simply have no goals.
You may have heard of the acronym SMART goal setting, which can be a great tool to use to help you initially create your personal targets.
SPECIFIC. MEASURABLE. ATTAINABLE. RELEVANT. TIME BASED. Feel free to reach out to us if you would like to explore this further.
These are our tips for helping you attain your goals.
- Short Term – Mid term – Long Term: Whenever we set goals make sure you look through 3 different ‘lenses’. This will help to structure your goals and identify the path you need to succeed. So whenever I make a goal I have my 1 long-term goal (the big overall objective) then 2 mid term goals (normally measurable after about a month) Then 3 short-term goals (which are normally weekly). It’s a simple 1-2-3 method, which helps me hugely to identify the path to achieving my overall goal and bring in some overall structure. I think it’s fair to say that most failed goals or goals that have not been seen all the way through are usually due to having no real or achievable structure to suit your lifestyle or bring in some stability.
- Schedule your priorities – seems simple but many people forget to do this! It is easy in life to get caught up with other distractions and your focus can easily shift. Therefore we really recommend prioritizing your tasks throughout the day. The simple notion of keeping a diary will be of massive benefit in helping you to stay organized and on task. I (Lia) use an old school paper back diary because I like the freedom to scribble and find hand writing therapeutic but the more modern and considerably efficient way due to technology these days is one that can be accessed through your cellphones such as Google calendars which many friends and work colleagues of mine use.
- Adaptability – This is mega important. Understand this, your path is not going to be a straight linear progression to your goal and your overall goal may change. The important thing to understand is that this is not a failure but an opportunity to succeed. So make sure you check in with yourself regularly. Understand that if your circumstances change then perhaps your over goal will too. Adapt them accordingly and smash them! Adaptability is a key tool in general life as well.
- Its not going to be a 24-hour thing – The likelihood of our success is all dependent on our behaviors. The biggest thing to understand is that behaviors can be trained! Just like a dog, it will take time and persistence, but over time we will evolve. The small voice in our head won’t go away within the first 24 hours trying to make us slip up but understand this, eventually it will. New behaviors eventually will become habits.
- Reward yourself and plan regular breaks – It will be seriously surprising how energy sapping it can be self-regulating yourself to help reach your goal. So, take breaks regularly throughout the journey. Allow yourself to reenergize and reassess where you are. This will help you to see how far you have come. Make sure you reward yourself as well once you reach that goal. Comprehend the amount of determination and effort that it requires to attain a goal. This will allow you to reset and start again, reducing the chances of burning yourself out.
Overall team, setting goals for ourselves in all holistic aspects using the 1, 2, 3 method as stated above will ensure a better you. Maintain them and make them realistic and well suited to your lifestyle. There is nothing more defeating than over working yourself, it is really important to be realistic with our goal setting as well as being patient with ourselves. Let us know if you ever need a hand with setting these goals, we’re always more than happy to help out and guide you when it comes to setting overall goals as well as your gym and fitness ones.
If you don’t know where to start and don’t want to talk to us in person we recommend starting with this useful resource (: