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Creating Smart Goals for Success in Competition and Life

Attitude is by far the most important thing to reach any goal in life, in any category related to business, family, health, fitness or education. DO you have a passion? Do you have a paersonal vision of success? Everyone is different in this area. It is important to truly make it yours.

Smart goals is the next step beyond deciding what it is that you want. The process is figuring out what you need to do to get that goal and assigning a time frame for how long it will take you to get there.. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-orientated, Realistic and timely. These fundamentals create an effective road map to help you with your personal success.

Specific: When a goal is specific, it has a much better chance of being accomplished. Key questions to ask yourself are: who is involved, what do I want to accomplish, identify a location, establish a time frame, identify requirements and constraints, specific reasons/purpose/benefits of accomplishing the goal. For example: A general goal would be, I want to compete in a fitness competition. A specific goal would say, I will attend fitness camp in February and compete in my first fitness competition on April 2. This would also be a good time to do your homework on the competition organization. Find out what the specific rules and regulations are as well as review any videos of the event. Having a clear objective that is simple and concrete as your goal will make it easier to hit your target.

Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring your progress toward each goal you set. There are many resources available to you. This is a good time to really utilize your fitness club membership. You can also build into your master plan the many Pilates, yoga, stability ball, cycling, and other training classes your club has to offer. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. For this stage ask yourself, how will I know when it is accomplished?

Action-Orientated/Attainable/Achievable: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways that you can make them come true. This is your plan of attack to make each of your goals a reality. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and capacity to reach them. Evaluate your strengths and know your opportunities for growth.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually seem and become more attainable, not because goals shrink but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals, you build and develop a stronger self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals and develop the traits and personality necessary to possess them. Often success or failure depends on setting practical goals. Dont set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are out of reach. Make smaller steps and progress steadily to achieve them.

For example: A goal of reaching 15% body fat by losing a pound a week and gain one pound of muscle a month is specific and measurable. How do you get there? Sit down and plan your actions. What sort of cardiovascular workout do you need to do? How often? What changes do you need to make in your diet? What sort of strength training program would help? This is where a fitness consultant, doctor, nutritionist can help with suggestions as well as advice that will motivate and educate you.

Realistic: A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Do your homework. But be sure every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love. It is important to honestly evaluate yourself. Do you have the commitment and ability to make your dreams come true or does it take a little adjustment. Be flexible. Keep your goals within the realm of possible or you will get discouraged. Better to plan only a few things and be successful rather than too much. Start small, with what you do, experience the joys of meeting your goal then increase the amount of work you ask of yourself.

Time-Orientated: A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, or when you tie a tangible goal to an intangible, you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable. Intangible goals are your goals for the internal changes required to reach more tangible goals. They have personality characteristics and the behavior patterns you must develop to pave the way to success in your career or for reaching some other long-term goal. Since tangible goals are vital for improving your effectiveness, give close attention to tangible ways for measuring them. Commit to action and follow through. Plan your start date and completion date then you can set another goal when you have accomplished the first one. Having a set amount of time will give your goals structure. Some people spend a lot of time telling about what they want to do and accomplish with no sense of urgency or reason to take action today.

Dont just dream it, Live it! Commit to making smart goals and start working toward them today. Commit and follow through!

Pamela Schenck Two-time Ms. Legacy Fitness International and Fitness Consultant

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