I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions. I read a statistic the other day, only about 10% of resolutions are kept and that 90% of the other 90% fail in the first week. That is not very good odds. I think people put to much faith in them and don’t do anything to follow through. This year I have decided to make 3 resolutions because I want 2013 to be the best year yet! I’m not going to tell you what 2 of them are because they are very personal and as a CPT, you would probably keel over when you heard them. But this one I will share with you:
I am going to commit 110% to both diet and exercise in 2013! I am committing once and for all to start the rest of my life healthy! I am going to be my biggest TRANSFORMATION to inspire others. I know it will take hard work and dedication and yes, I will fall down. But…….I will pick myself up, forgive myself and love myself. It’s going to take a lot of discipline but I am ready. I chose to change my career and my life in 2011 and I made some pretty big steps in that direction, but I didn’t lay the foundation properly and the last 6 months saw me derail from my goal. Many of you were probably wondering where I disappeared to these last few months and this is were procrastination comes into play!
My sister and I started a business venture together while I was in school getting my Personal Training Cert! Hey, a girls’ got to make money somehow. Unfortunately, that business took off and it started consuming all my time. I kept saying I will write another post, I will keep both ventures running at the same time. But every day I didn’t write, I kept saying tomorrow, tomorrow. Well, we all know what that means! The longer you put something off, the harder it is to get on track……..it’s just easier to avoid and that is exactly what I was doing. My sister and I will be meeting this month to discuss what direction we want the other business to go in. We are going to scale back and focus in just one area so that I have more time to focus on Zhoosh Fitness.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
- Who: Who is involved?
- What: What do I want to accomplish?
- Where: Identify a location.
- When: Establish a time frame.
- Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
- Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
So this week will be spent writing out my S.M.A.R.T Goals and laying the foundation for the rest of 2013 and the rest of my life. What will you be doing?