Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.
~Robert H. Schuller
Goal setting is incredibly important to your success at the box (and obviously for life in general). They are motivating, they provide direction and emphasize structure for your training. Goals can help you organize your time and resources so that you can make the most of your efforts. But you want to be S.M.A.R.T. in how you set your goals.
- Specific- Be as specific as possible. For example, instead of saying, “I want to run faster”, you might say, “I want to run a mile 1 minute faster than my current time by April 1, 2015.” Answer the who, what, when, where, why questions.
- Measurable- How will you measure your goal? Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set (such as how much weight, how many reps, how fast, etc.)
- Attainable- If you have lofty goals for the future, be sure to set smaller attainable goals to keep you motivated along the way.
- Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent something which you are both willing and able to work towards. Your goal will be realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
- Timeline- A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency.
Share your goals with others to help hold you accountable and write them down on the goats board at the box.
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