Sunday, 18 January 2015

What is your goal?

"I want a six-pack"
"I want to lose a stone"
"I want to lose the middle roll"
"I want to put on some size"

People always set themselves goals- however often these goals (like those above) are too vague. For a goal to work it has to be SMART. Now, I don't plan on taking you back to school, but basically a smart goal is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time led.

An example would be;
"I want to squat 100kg for 5 reps by June 30th"
Or
"I want my bodyfat to be 12% by August 10th"

The goal has to be specific to your needs and also achievable by yourself. You will then be able to see if you achieve the goal or not.

Write your goal down in your gym diary (if you don't have one yet I would get one!). Then you can take measurements every 4-6 weeks and see how close you are getting to the goal, and even revise it if it becomes too easy.

If you don't hit your goal, don't worry. People always miss out on planned success - Muhammad Ali planned to win every fight, he didn't, but does that make him any less great? No! He learned from his mistakes and changed what had to change.

If you miss your goal, plan a new one. Even if you don't achieve what you planned to, think about how far you have come regardless! If you plan to lose a stone and only lose 8lbs, you've still lost 8lbs! Embrace that and take what you have learned towards planning a new, better goal!

If you, like me, decided on changing for the better in 2015 you are currently 18 days in. 2.5 weeks of being healthy- don't let it slip now! You are doing so well, you are amazing!