As the year of 2015 comes to its end, many are thinking ahead to what improvements can I make in 2016? What should I do different in 2016? You may have used the terms or said the phrases of: goal setting, new years’ resolutions, year-end strategy session, performance development reviews, personal mission statements, wish-list board or whatever terminology you want to use; many are in this mindset. For some, this can be a struggle, for others very liberating and empowering. It’s that time to honestly reflect on what happened in the past 12-months of my life and where do I want to go and how do I get there. It’s okay to acknowledge it can be a struggle.
Just thinking about what you want to do in 2016 is a step in the right direction, but making changes does require work. What’s the best way to make changes? Each person is unique and motivated differently. So, what works for you may not always work for someone else. Investigate and try several approaches until you find the one that fits and motivates you.
Whether it is weight loss, adopting healthier lifestyle or becoming wiser in the use of money, getting a job or quitting the one you have – these are all attainable goals, if you set a plan and commit to it. Start off small and keep these five, very familiar, points in mind.
Most have heard of the acronym S. M. A. R. T. It’s a great tool for goal-setting and used often.
S – Specific. Who? What? Where? When? Which? Why? What do you want to do? Be as detailed as you can. Make it personal. ‘I want to loose 15lbs by April 1, 2016’. ‘I will do 3 days a week of cardio on my treadmill Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the morning at 6:30 – 7:00 a.m.’
M – Measurable. How will I measure my success? If your goal is weight loss, are you tracking your weight weekly to see how much am I loosing? How many days did I do cardio this week? Did I do all three days of cardio for a full 30-minutes? Even if it wasn’t Mon/Wed/Fri, did I get in three days this week? You want tangible/concrete evidence that you are working to accomplish your goal.
A – Achievable. Is this attainable? Am I able to do this? Do I have the right tools, knowledge, skills and circumstance to make this happen? Your goal should make you feel slightly challenged but attainable enough that you can achieve what you set out to do. When the goal is personal, you develop the abilities, skills, attitude and even finances to reach them. You see opportunities open up that you may have previously overlooked.
R – Realistic. Being realistic doesn’t mean limiting yourself. But, it does mean questioning is this something you are willing and able to work for. A realistic goal could be set very high and attainable. And the opposite can be true too. Is it realistic that you can loose 10lbs in 3 days or is it realistic that you can loose 10lbs in 5 to 6 weeks? After you hit a mini or major milestone in your goal, you want to feel good about what you achieved and that will happen when your goals are realistic.
T – Timely. Just hearing the word ‘deadline’ creates a practical sense of urgency. You want this for your goals. Having a time-bound goal is the difference between having a true goal and just having a dream. Many say, “I wish I could be healthier or someday I will loose weight”, but that won’t work. Once you put a deadline when it MUST be completed, your unconscious mind has been set in motion to begin working on the goal.
So, don’t struggle with what you will attain in 2016, be SMART and set a goal. Map out what you want to do, how do you plan to get there, get the skills or help if needed to make it happen, make goals you can achieve with a little stretch factored and set a date for completion.
If you need help setting your goals and a specific plan for a healthier you in 2016, let me know. Visit me at AdrieneWebsterFitness.com and fill in your contact information. Let me know your S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2016 and how I can help.
BONUS: Get started now on your 2016 goals.
GOALS (What is your goal?)
SPECIFIC (What will it accomplish? Why/How will it be accomplished?)
MEASURABLE: (What metric or indicator is set to determine the goal is being accomplished?)
ACHIEVABLE: (Is this possible? Do I need more skills or help to accomplish this goal? Is there a little stretch in order for me to reach this goal? You want to stretch, not break.)
REALISTIC: (Can I attain this? What result or benefit will come from this goal?)
TIMELY: (What is my deadline or date of completion?)
I look forward to hearing your goals for 2016? Stop over and visit: AdrieneWebsterFitness.com Leave your email and fill in the Contact Page and let me know your 2016 goals. I can’t wait to hear them.