The key to getting in shape and staying in shape is successful goal setting. The reason many people do not reach their goals is because they fail to make them SMART. The SMART goal setting approach ensures your goals provide clarity and direction. A SMART goal can be applied to any type of goal that you have, it doesn’t have to apply to just weight loss.
You may have your number one health and fitness goal already in your head, waiting to be made SMART – that is great. If however, you cannot think of a specific goal that you want to accomplish, then I want you to quickly go and grab a pen and paper. On the piece of paper I want you to list 5 amazingly awesome health and fitness related goals that you want to accomplish within the next 6-12 months. Remember, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!
Once you have your 5 goals written out in front of you, which one jumps out at you? Which goal have you written down that if accomplished would make you feel on top of the world? THAT is your main goal. Now all we have to do it make it SMART. But what exactly does SMART stand for?
An example SMART weight loss goal would be “To lose 5kg by December 1st by watching my portion sizes, running for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week and incorporating 3 full body strength training sessions a week on alternate days.”
No matter how hard this goal might seem to achieve, you can get there. Will it be hard? Yes. Will there be times when you want to quit? Of course! Will you slip up? Probably. Will you give up? Absolutely not. If it is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen.
Below I have included a printable goal setting worksheet for you to download and fill out. This worksheet will help you to develop a plan so you will be well on your way to achieving your SMART goal. Each time you reach a new goal, set new ones to accomplish. Keep this worksheet with you where you will see it every day.