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Tips to make your goals stick

20/01/2022

So, as we approach the end of January, it is important to remember the goals or new years resolutions we set out for 2022. Whatever your goal or resolution is, it is important that you stay on the right path throughout your journey for you to achieve what set out to complete.

A good tool/method to use when setting out your goals is something called SMART.

SMART is an acronym that you can apply to help guide your goal setting. Below is what each letter stands for

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
  • Achievable (attainable)
  • Relevant (realistic)
  • Time

Here are some simple tips using SMART to help you stay on the right path.

Specific

Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it.

  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important to me?
  • Where is it located?

Example: A bad goal would be “get fit and healthy”. A specific goal would be “I want to lose 10kg in weight ready for my wedding” Having a more specific goal will help you narrow it down even further by using the rest of SMART.

Measurable

It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

Example: You could measure 0.5kg of weight loss per week via tracking your calories and weighing yourself every Monday at 7am until you reach your overall 10kg weight loss goal.

Achievable

Your goal also needs to be attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but remain possible. You want to take baby steps if you like and see early results which encourages long-term consistency. If you set something too difficult right from the start, it might be discouraging to not make progress as fast as you would like or even stop you going any further. Best as advice would be nothing happens overnight.

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints such as time etc?

Example: setting a weight loss goal of 0.5 per week is safe, easy to see and easily achievable, as it will only require small habit changes to your lifestyle.

Relevant

This is where things get a difficult for some of you. Finding your “why” is easier said than done. This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you. It’s important to retain control over them. I want you to ask yourself ‘is this goal worthwhile, am I motivated to do it?’ Creating a goal with some type of motivation attached to it.

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

Example: I want to lose 10kg to look good in my wedding dress. This can give a bit of relevancy to your goal which should make you stick to it and stay on track.

Time

Every goal needs a target date, and you must be strict about that deadline, doing so creates urgency and focus to achieving your goal. It is also key to not set your sights too far ahead.

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?

Example: If you give yourself four months to lose 5kg, that would be too long because you aren’t incentivized to start working at it immediately. If you consider setting smaller goals like I want to lose 2kg in a month ready for my wedding

So going off the above, this is what a summary of your SMART target should look like:

  • Specific – I want to lose 10kg ready for my wedding
  • Measurable – Tracking calories, stepping on scales ones a week (same time and day)
  • Achievable – setting a weight loss goal of 0.5 per week that only require small habit changes to your lifestyle.
  • Relevant – I want to lose 10kg to look good in my wedding dress.
  • Time – I want to lose 2kg in a month

Remember, nothing happens overnight, it all starts with small steps, habit changing, being consistent and disciplined. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

If you feel that you want more specialised help with health, weight loss and fitness Elysium Health and Fitness provide private personal training sessions in their boutique fitness studios in Aldford, Chester and Tarporley, Cheshire.

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