Where are you right now? Where do you want to go? These are questions you ask yourself everyday. For example, I’m at home, but I want to go to Vertex Fitness. I just set a goal for myself. Now, let’s make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
S = Specific. That’s covered. I am here. I want to go there.
M = Measurable. That one is good, too. It’s exactly 40 miles from my garage to Vertex.
A = Attainable. Getting to Vertex is something that I can do.
R = Realistic. It is realistic to want to go to work, as opposed to going to Disney.
T = Timely. This is missing component in my goal. I should have said I want to be at Vertex by 10AM.
(I would love to take credit for S.M.A.R.T. goals, but I can’t. Check out Dave Magrogan’s book “Do It Rhino Style”)
Now that we know how to write our goals, let’s talk about Objective goals and Behavioral goals. Objective goals are outcomes we wish to attain, like “I will lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2014 or I will go to Vertex Fitness by 10 AM tomorrow. Objective goals are generally long term goals. Behavioral goals are behaviors (duh). Because they are behaviors, they are generally short-term goals.
To set yourself up for success (i.e. attaining a goal) pick an objective goal (long term) and then decide what behaviors you need to achieve your goal!
I want to run 5 straight miles by August 31, 3014 (note the SMART goal)
I will go to bed by 11 PM on Monday and Wednesday.I will wake up at 6 AM on Tuesday and Thursday to run.
I will run 2 miles each time the first week of August.
I will run 3 miles each time the second week of August.
I will run 4 miles each time the third week of August.
I will run 4.5 miles on the last Tuesday of August.I will run 5 miles on August 31, 2014.