So the annual process has begun around every corner on TV, Radio and all forms of popular media the ‘New Year, New You’ has set its rocket of desire. I hear people telling me and they do, ‘this year is going to be different I really am going to do it!’
I truly believe that we all have greatness within us, untapped, just waiting to be released. As a Health & Exercise Coach I see greatness emerging from individuals on a weekly basis it is the biggest buzz I get from being a coach.
So yes this can be your year, this can be the year that you unlock your ‘greatness’ no excuses. The most wonderful thing about this is you get to decide we are ultimately responsible for ourselves (this may cause conflict with certain individuals that use a blame culture!), they really don’t want to believe they are responsible. Once you accept responsibility and take charge you can make a constant and ever improving brand new you!
Below is a basic goal setting system that will help you achieve your goals and objectives, focus on what you want to achieve, apply yourself to that desire and you will achieve!
Anybody who knows me or works with me knows I am an avid goal setter, not one for feeling smug but my goals for this year are set. I plan my goals in mid December after reviewing what I have and haven’t achieved in the previous year. I take a couple of hours off, turn all forms of communication off so I am not disturbed and I set my goals, I have approximately five to eight goals in each of the subject headings:
- Self Development/Education
The use of goal setting is used throughout life, goal setting can be a very effective tool in sport and exercise and is utilised constantly in professional sport, for example Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would set his team the goal of winning the Premier League. With regards to the public (people like you and me) goals such as get up at 6am tomorrow morning to go and train are a start.
The use of goals can be a great help in your personal development. Goals when used properly can also have a great motivational effect when achieved. It is very important that the goals set are realistic and achievable, a good way of ensuring this is (if available) have a sit down with a personal trainer, coach or someone in the know and set your goals.
For example setting a goal of losing eight pounds in your first week of a new diet and exercise regime perhaps could be extreme although not unheard of (this is an example anybody who works with me knows I don’t use scales, ‘they are for fish!’).
Failure to reach goals can have a detrimental effect on a person’s desire to keep on exercising. With the correct use of goal setting e.g. lose 2 pounds each week for 4 weeks would be a much more appropriate goal. Meeting the target for the first week will enhance your mood and motivation to keep on exercising.
A great idea is to write down your goals somewhere clearly visible to act as a constant reminder of what you’re trying to achieve, keeping a diary to track your progress could also help with your goals.
A goal setting technique called the S.M.A.R.T approach can provide structure for your training program.
S – pecific
M – easurable
A – djustable
R – ealistic
T – ime based
Specific goals need to be set, saying something like getting faster is too general, if getting faster is the aim, how much faster? If losing weight is the aim, how much weight? Goals need to be Measurable, a log of your progress can be very effective and help keep you on track. You could do a weekly/monthly progress to check to see how well you are doing. It is important that the goals set are Adjustable to accommodate unforeseen events such as an injury, bad weather conditions etc. As mentioned the goals need to be Realistic, but also if the goals are too simple you won’t feel as much satisfaction. Goals being Time Based is needed to help keep motivated, e.g. if you have a week to lose two pounds, too many days off exercising or eating correctly is not advisable. Without a time line there is a tendency to procrastinate or get bored.
So have a sit down, relax and have a nice long think about what you are trying to achieve, remember to set realistic goals, write them down and away you go!
Remember you have greatness within you in a multitude of different areas, you are just unlocking it and setting it free, this for me is what we are here for, so use the system above to achieve your success.
‘Focus on your desire, apply yourself and you will achieve’
I sincerely wish you well and every success in achieving your goals and aspirations!
Committed to Your Health and Vitality,