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Goals give your life direction. If you didn't have anything to work toward how would you know where you are going and when you arrive?
What Is A Goal?
Have you ever heard the saying "A Goal without a Plan is Just a Dream?" Dreams are wishful thinking whereas goals are more concrete and something you actually expect to achieve. And, you can set a goal for anything you want to achieve in life from weight loss to buying a summer home at the beach.
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Dreams Are Wishful Thinking Whereas Goals
Are Something You Actually Expect To Achieve.
Steps To Creating A Goal
Increase your chances of meeting your goals by making them SMART. SMART goals are specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely.
S - Specific
When something is more specific you have a better chance of identifying it and finding it. Instead of saying "I'd like to lose weight," specify the amount of weight or body fat you'd like to drop. If you are having trouble making your goals specific, answer the 5 "W" questions - who, what, where, when and why.
- Who is involved in making this goal happen?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where will this goal take place?
- When do I plan on working on this goal?
- Why do I want to accomplish this?
M - Measureable
Determine concrete criteria for measuring progress toward your goal. How will you know if you are on track? How will you know when you accomplished your goal? Weight, body fat percent and the amount of money in your bank account are all measureable things.
If your goal seems very abstract, "having a better body" for instance, think of ways to measure your success once you get there. Define what it means to have a better physique internally (risk factors for diseases) and externally (fitting into certain clothes, girth measures etc.).
A - Attainable
Is this goal something you can feasibly work toward right away? If not, figure out ways to make your goal a reality.
R - Realistic
When examining how realistic your goal is, take into consideration what you are willing and able to do to get there. For a goal to be realistic, you must believe you can accomplish it!
T - Timely & Tangible
Every goal needs a time frame and sometimes mid-point check-ins as well. Without a time frame there's no sense of urgency to start moving!
To make your goal tangible, determine what will you feel when you achieve it. What senses are involved? What do you hear? (People cheering? Friends in the gym complimenting you on your body changes?) What do you smell, the great outdoors as you run a scenic marathon? What do you see? Taste? Feel?
As you go through this exercise and think about making each one of your goals more specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely, write everything down.
Once you are done, refer to this list often and visualize and verbalize. Visualization is extremely powerful and you can do it just about anywhere (except while driving). And like visualization, verbalizing your goals reinforces your behavior and helps you develop a support system in those around you.
How Bodybuilding Can Achieve Your Goals:
- Bodybuilder's Work Toward A Goal Everyday: Bodybuilders are serious about their workouts and schedule their day so they have time to hit the gym, take a class or go for a run. Use this discipline to achieve other goals in your life. Set a plan and take the action necessary to get you there.
- Bodybuilders Improve Their Mind Daily: Your mind has tremendous power over many aspects of your everyday life - from how you react toward someone cutting you off in traffic to your determination to make changes in your life. Keep your mind focused on your goals so you don't get sidetracked with less important diversions in life.
- Bodybuilders Are Determined: Even when you do everything right, life can throw you curveballs. As a bodybuilder though, you know how to handle these little diversions and continue down the right path. You don't give up, get down or get sidelined but instead realize a detour is fine as long as it puts you back on the right road.
Additional Tips To Help You Achieve Your Goals:
- Read, watch or listen to The Secret
- Write down your Plan of Action
- Read about goal setting and achieving your goals
- Surround yourself with people who are successful and those you'd like to emulate
- Surround yourself with people who can help you accomplish your goals. You do not need to do everything yourself. Think about star athletes - they have an entourage of people who have helped them along their way to success.
A goal is nothing more than a vague dream if it isn't written down. By writing it down, you are detailing your Plan of Action. You've heard the saying that nothing good comes easy? Well, few things in life come without some specific goal and plan of action for achieving that goal. You can do just about anything you set your mind to if you believe that you can and you pave the path to get there.Recommended Articles
About The Author:
Marie Spano is a leading authority on translating the latest nutrition and exercise science research into real life applications. Ms. Spano has also helped Olympic athletes; NFL-bound athletes and Fortune 500 executives enhance their health and performance through sound nutrition practices. She is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com. For more information see: www.mariespano.com.