This short blog is all about the meaning and purpose you have driving your health and fitness goals. I could talk about goal setting all day if you’d let me but I’m keeping this to a nice digestible size so that you can grasp the essential bits.
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Did you set goals at the start of 2017? Maybe you followed the popular and effective SMART goals formula to set them. If you did, how are you tracking with them?
SMART goals refresher…
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attractive
R – realistic
T – time bound
Let’s talk about the word attractive in this SMART acronym. I think this is one of the most powerful aspects we can focus on for keeping us motivated and on track. What I mean by making a goal attractive is to add meaning to it. Meaning definition – what is meant by a word, text, concept, or action.
I have seen too many people set wonderful SMART goals (on paper). If they really committed, they would have undoubtedly achieved their desired outcome. They had the resources, the time, the plan, everything was there. But there was one thing missing. A crystal clear purpose or meaning acting as the driving force behind the goal.
In our industry we hear a lot of the following…
“I will lose weight” “I will get fitter” “I will stop eating junk food” “I will have more energy”
These are all wonderful sounding goals. They are stated powerfully with “I will” (rather than “I want to”) but they are still lacking one key thing… MEANING!
This is what adding meaning looks like:
1. I will lose weight – to become a bit role model to my kids
2. I will get fitter – so I can have more adventures with my family
3. I will stop eating junk food – so I will ultimately live a longer and healthier life
4. I will have more energy – so I can do all the things I enjoy rather than always being tired!
Adding meaning to your goal helps is two key areas:
- Still pushing through when the going gets tough – Goals are meant to be challenging that is the main reason we feel so accomplished once we have achieved them. When it gets hard, time is not on our side or we have other commitments, re connecting to the reason why or the meaning supporting our goals will keep us motivated and moving forward. Resisting that extra piece of chocolate, or saying no to the next beer is way more achievable when you remind yourself you “want to be a good role model” opposed to just “wanting to lose weight”.
- Being accountable – If you share with others why you want to achieve a certain goal then don’t follow through what type of message does that send? If you say you want to become fitter to have more fun with your kids but then fail to take the necessary steps to get there – you are essentially saying “ I know longer care about having quality experiences with my kids” that thought alone should keep you fired up!
Final note – Once again I share my opinion on this as, because it’s the biggest obstacle I’ve seen holding people back from achieving their goals. It’s not just a question of how you get the goal it’s a question of how you set it in the first place.
Action – if you are lacking some meaning associated with your goals, simply review them and for each goal just ask why and then write that down, underline it and make it BOLD!