People often find lifestyle changing challenging one of the main reasons is not knowing where to start or what to start. We have put together a system for goal setting that will help you identify your needs and understand your targets.
Always important when setting a new goal not to forget to add the specific element into your program! for example; ‘If you want to lose weight ?’. First you need to know how much weight would you want to lose ? and then when you want to achieve this target by ?
One of the best ways to check and review your goal setting is by using a SMARTER principles system. You do this by following the questions below; Start with S = Specific working to
Which answer do you think goes better?
Specific – Exercise
A; I want to lose weight
B; I need to lose 5 lbs
Measurable – Planning for gradual increase
A; I want more stamina
B; I want to play with my children without feeling tired and out of breath afterwards
Achievable – Can i achieve my target
A; I want to drop two dress sizes in three weeks in time for my holiday
B; I want to embark on a sensible weight loss programme to reduce my cloths size over the next 12 weeks
Realistic – Will I be able to complete my task
A; I wont to run a marathon
B; I wont to start a fitness program based around running so that increase my stamina and fitness so that i will be able to complete a marathon
Time -How long
A; I want to get a toned stomach in 3 days
B; I want to incorporate more abdominal exercises into my fitness program over the next 4 weeks
Enjoy – Don’t put anything you don’t like into your program
A; I don’t like running but i hear that its the best exercise for the body
B; I enjoy swimming
Relevant – Your interest
A; My husband wants me to lose a few pounds and tone up
B; I want to take charge of my health and make positive changes in my life
Which answers have you chosen ? A or B ?
Well the preferred answers for successful change would be B. The main reason these answers are more successful is because they hold more relevance to your personal life and can have a positive impact on your life.
If your writing you program you need to add these steps into the plan. The ultimate recipe for success is to change slowly day by day improving one step at a time. By following these steps when writing our programme we can simplify the changes that need to be made, also making sure that we start a structured plan which is right for our goals.