I have been setting and accomplishing goals that at one point in my life I never thought possible using a simple goal setting formula that works almost every time.
It doesn’t have to be a new year for you to set new goals, but a new year is a fresh start and a great reminder to evaluate where you’re at and where you want to go. It can be hard to set goals, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Goals give us direction and purpose.
Here are the 8 simple steps I use to achieve everything in my life and know will help you!
Step 1: Pick an area of your life where you’d like to set a goal
(You can use this list to help you get started)
Step 2: Make it specific.
“I want to squat 145 lbs” vs. “I want to squat a lot of weight.”
Step 3: Make it measurable.
How will you know when it is accomplished?
When I can comfortably squat 145 lbs for 3 sets of 12 reps.
Step 4: Make it achievable.
Is this goal achievable? Break your outcome based goal into behavior based goals that will help you achieve this outcome.
Behavior based goals for squatting 145 lbs:
- Sleep in workout clothes so I can wake up and workout in the morning
- Drink protein shake after every workout so my body can rebuild itself and become stronger
- Squat 1-2 times a week
- Increase weight once I’ve hit 12 reps of 3 sets easily
Step 5: Make it realistic.
Does this goal align with your values and what you truly want out of your life? Identify your “why” here. Why is this goal important to you?
Step 6: Identify roadblocks.
Identify any roadblocks that may prevent you from accomplish this goal and what you will do to avoid them or work around them.
Example of a roadblock:
-I am going on vacation next week and may not have access to a gym.
Solution: I will do 100 body weight squats each morning of my vacation so I can keep my legs and glutes strong.
Step 7: Set a date.
When do you want to accomplish this goal by?
Step 8: Re-evaluate.
Set a time to re-evaluate your goals. This could be at the end of each month, or every three months, pick a time that fits for you.
Where are you at with your goal? Did you achieve this goal? Is this goal still important to you?
If not, re-evaluate and either change the goal to something you want, or add a couple behavior-based goals to help you get to the outcome you want. Remember it is okay to change your goal and you’re not a failure if you haven’t yet achieved the goal or it is no longer important to you.
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