Not having specific goals is what stumbling home drunk is like. You go a bit here, veer off a ways there, re-correct, try and focus, wobble a bit, and if you’re lucky you get home without any damage along the way. In the interests of getting on with things, I’m going to assume you are older and wiser than when you began reading this article, and you don’t spend every weekend rolling the ‘drunk dice’ and hoping you get home . . . because we need to get on with our analogy.
While not so many of us roll the drunk dice, exercisers often do go with the ‘start and hope for the best’ strategy . . . which leads to doing a bit here, veering off a ways there, trying to refocus . . . you get my point. We have already talked about Finding your Why (you can find that article and the gems it contains here) But while Finding your Why helps significantly with your motivation, a person with smarts (that’s you) goes one step further and identify SMART goals as well.
While there are a few variations of SMART goals around – the one I believe is most relevant is:
Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Has a Time Frame.
So while you may have started exercising to ‘lose weight and tone up’ your WHY may have determined it is ‘because you are happy and do more when you are confident’ that you want to do this whole training thing . . . but for now we are going to put our WHY to the side and add some details to make it all come together.
These are the things that when you do them, will lead to you achieving HAPPY CONFIDENCE or whatever you have found your WHY is.
You are going to get
SPECIFIC: You will attend CrossFit and do a 60kg Front Squat.
MEASURABLE: You will go to class 3 x per week and 60kg is measurable.
ACHIEVABLE: 3 times a week fits your schedule, if you add 2.5kg a week for 6 weeks you will get your 60kgs
RELEVANT: Attending CrossFit and doing heavy squats will definitely assist in moving you towards losing weight and toning up and achieving HAPPY CONFIDENCE
TIME FRAME: You will do this for the next 6 weeks until (add date) at which time you will make adjustments as necessary to continue moving forward.
So you can begin to see now how these two things work together. Your WHY is your motivation (much like your comfy bed is when you are drunk), and your SMART Goal is like your Sober Companion . . . the one that is sensible, keeps you pointing in the right direction and stopping you from falling on your arse and not moving any further. Let’s face it . . . hangovers aren’t flash, neither is starting exercise with great intentions and not finishing, because you haven’t taken the WHY or SMART steps . . . So get onto those things now (you can even do it with a wine or beer in hand), because you don’t need to get sozzled to have a good time now do you 😉
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