HOW TO SET S.M.A.R.T. GOALS
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Whether you set new year’s resolutions or not, we all have goals we want to achieve.
When setting goals, it is best to set SMART goals:
S - specific
M - measurable
A - achievable
R - realistic
T - time-based
How can you ensure you are setting SMART goals?
1. BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE //
For example, most people choose the new year to get into shape. Setting a goal of wanting to get into shape is a great goal, but it is not specific enough. I would suggest a goal such as, “I want to run a 10km race” or “I want to take a spin class one time per week”. These are much more specific goals.
2. ENSURE YOUR GOAL IS MEASURABLE //
Committing to run a 10km race is a great way to ensure your goal is measurable. You could have set a goal of “I’m going to run more this year”, but that is not measurable. A measurable goal in this scenario would be, I’m going to run more than I did last year. But, even this goal isn’t ideally measurable. “More” could be 1km more or 100km more than last year.
By saying you are going to run a 10km race or 5 10km runs, that is now a measurable goal!
3. MAKE YOUR GOAL ACHIEVABLE //
Whether you have run a 10km race before or not, it’s important to make this goal achievable. If you enjoy running on your own, download a training guide to follow or if you prefer to run with others, choose a group that runs at a time that fits your schedule.
It’s important to set up a plan that you can follow, the days leading up to your race with go by quicker than you’d like if you aren’t training properly!
4. BE REALISTIC WHEN SETTING YOUR GOALS //
If you have never run before, maybe a 10km race isn’t for you, this time. But perhaps a 5km walk or run would be a great place to start.
If you have chosen a goal that is too big to bite into, break your goals into chunks. Every goal is attainable, with time and effort. If you attempt a big goal before you are ready for it, you will most likely be met by disappointment and discouragement to try again.
5. CREATE TIME-BASED GOALS //
You now have an achievable, realistic and measurable goal. Now it’s time to set a deadline for your goal. If you make a goal to run a 10km and don’t commit to a date, you will never run that race.
If your goal is to run a 10km run and you’ve never run 10km before, try not to pick a race that is within 3 months of setting this goal. Give yourself at least a good 3 months to train for your first race to ensure an enjoyable experience!
The hardest part of reaching your goals is committing fully to them. It’s very easy to make a list of goals you want to achieve this year, but if you don’t commit to them, you’ll never complete them.
What is your biggest or most important goal you are looking to achieve this year? Please share in the comments!
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