January 07, 2019

It’s 2019! A new year for a new you! What are you going to do this year to make it great? Have you set your goals and made a plan as to how you’re going to hit them? Have you thought about making any New Year’s resolutions.

For some of us, that’s comes in the form of resolutions, but for many, it’s just a good time to reflect on what we accomplished last year, and what kind of progress we want to make this year.

We want to help you start the new year off right! To do that, Follow the steps below to help you determine what those goals should be.

1. Set Goals that Motivate You

It is important that the goals motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you value them then you will put the necessary work to make them happen.

2. Set SMART Goals

There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is this – goals should be:

  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Attainable.
  • Relevant.
  • Time Bound.

Set Specific Goals

Your goal must be clear and well defined. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Set Measurable Goals

Include precise loads, reps, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success.  Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.

Set Attainable Goals

Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to “raise the bar” and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.

Set Relevant Goals

Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your training to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want.

Set Time-Bound Goals

You goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.

3. Set Goals in Writing

Seriously. On a piece of paper. Whether it be a goal for the day, week, month, or year, or a resolution, just write it down. It becomes much more real when you can see your goal.The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.

4. Make an Action Plan

This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term.

5. Stick With It!

Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals.

You are strong, you are smart, and you are 100% capable of reaching your goals in 2019. Hopefully, these tactics and reminders help you, but if you’re still feeling shaky on that then hit us up we’ll be happy to explore ways we can help you reach your goals this year.

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