Starting a fitness regimen can be overwhelming and intimidating if you
begin without any direction or vision. One way to make the transition
from sedentary to active is to set goals to work towards. Not only
will you be motivated to get to the gym everyday, but you’ll find
yourself envisioning where you can be in he future. George T. Doran
first presented the idea of SMART goals in 1981 as a way to write
management goals and objectives. If you break down the acronym
however, you can certainly apply this idea to any area of your life.
When deciding on what you want to work towards, be sure that your goals are :
SPECIFIC : Decide exactly what it is you want to achieve; avoid being vague
MEASURABLE : Determine your starting point and your ending point to
ensure that your goal is obtainable
AGREED UPON : Work with a mentor (your trainer) to ensure that your
goals are applicable
REALISTIC : Is your goal something that you can actually achieve
within a given timeframe and with your available resources
TIME BASED : Set a due date. Without one, then you’ll be spinning your
wheels indefinitely and never see your goal come to fruition.
Starting out can be the tricky part. Think about your perfect day and
write about it. Use specific ideas and circumstances when thinking
about where you want to be in one, five, or 10 years. Use this vision
for the future to develops specific goals to help get you to that
perfect day. Once you have your goals written down, post them
somewhere so that you have to see them daily. Seeing them written down
regularly will remind you of why you started your fitness journey and
will hopefully encourage you to keeps striving towards success!
Above all, stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t allow
your vision to be distracted. Elbert Hubbard (renowned American
philanthropist) once said, “Many people fail in life, not for lack of
ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never
organised their energies around a goal.”
– Beth Vannata, Head Coach & Co-Owner
Members of CrossFit Bradenton may click the link below to schedule a goal setting session.