Do you have goals that you’re working toward personally, professionally, athletically or are you just showing up each day and going through the motions?

One of the best ways to set goals is to realize that you need to set a goal and actually have something to work towards in the first place. When we talk with athletes about how to set a goal, we like to set goals following the SMART acronym.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time Based

A good goal would be “I want to start working out”. It’s great that you’ve identified that you need to set a goal in the first place and that you’ve decided that you need to take the next step and train. However, simply saying “I want to start working out” only satisfies the “A” and “R” portion of the SMART goal setting

A better goal would be “I want to start training 3x/week”. This is slightly better than the above example, because it satisfies the “M”, “A”, and “R”

The best example would be “I want to add 20 pounds to my deadlift by December 31st”. Now, we’re starting to get somewhere because that satisfies all letters of the SMART goal setting.

Since we now have a goal that satisfies all of those components, we can reverse engineer how we’re going to accomplish that goal. For example, if I know that I want to add 20 pounds by December 31st and it’s June, what will my training program look like so that I can get there? What will my recovery, nutrition, mindset, and conditioning need to look like in order to accomplish that goal?

Here are a few more tips on goal setting and positioning yourself to achieve them

  1. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you and push you each day
  2. Set reminders on your phone, sticky notes, have friends/family check in on you to help you stay accountable
  3. What is your why? Really spend some time on this and think about the reasons you’re willing to put in all the time and work towards this goal. Is this goal really yours OR is it someone else’s?

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