Friday, February 27, 2009

Goal Reassessment

With 15% of 2009 in the rear view mirror, it’s time we take a look back at those goals you set. Sure, you had the right frame of mind in terms of accomplish something positive, but there’s a real art to goal setting. This month, let’s examine how precisely to go about goal setting:

Is your goal SPECIFIC enough? One thing I review with my clients is to make sure they set out exactly what it is they are seeking to accomplish. Instead of “I just want to be healthy,” consider something like “My goal is to increase the number of push-ups I can execute by 10% in 3 weeks.”
Is your goal MEASURABLE? If you’ve set a plan to lose weight, are you tracking it in a timely fashion (weekly/bi-weekly)? Avoid daily weigh-ins as the body’s hydration levels tend to fluctuate.
Is your goal REALISTIC? I had a consultation recently with a woman who returned to formal exercise after a 6 year hiatus and she wanted to complete a triathlon in March. She failed to realize the unrealistic nature of this goal, and thus selected a more appropriate, time-oriented goal.
Is your goal CHALLENGING? While your goal should be attainable, you should also make sure that you need to push yourself to achieve your goal.

Remember…we’re already 15% deep into 2009, so if you haven’t made gains towards meeting your goal, there’s no better time to start than now.

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