There I was, sitting in the middle of a full lecture hall, feeling depressed and wondering how I got to this point. My relationship with my high school girlfriend was over, I put on an extra 30 pounds of body fat, and I absolutely hated the way I looked. I was constantly skipping my workouts, eating things I shouldn’t be eating, and struggling to find the motivation to get my butt off the couch and make a change.

It was my sophomore year in college and I was sitting in one of my Exercise Science lectures.  I looked to my left…and I looked to my right…and I saw a few guys who were in great shape sitting nearby. Ripped arms, broad shoulders, veins like snakes on their forearms…how did they do it?  Why can’t I look like that? For some reason, my attention quickly returned back to the professor at the front of the class who was teaching us about SMART goals.  A tool to help you set specific goals for what you want to accomplish.

And that’s when it hit me…

What ARE my goals?  Do I even HAVE any specific goals?  I know I can’t stand this gut that I’ve recently developed.  I’ve lost the definition in my arms that I once had in high school football. I knew I wanted to change my body and my health.  I knew HOW to do it, but I simply wasn’t taking any action. I never set a specific goal for myself and certainly didn’t have a game-plan. That’s when I learned about SMART Goals from my professor.

Watch the video below to learn more about SMART Goals.

(Yes the news anchor said my name wrong….twice.)

https://youtu.be/9WAAT6BaVeA

So remember,

Specific   – Don’t just say I want to lose weight.  Pick a number.  Make it real.  I want to lose 40 lbs.

Measurable – Choose a goal that you can actually measure.  Some people say “I want to feel better”.  You can’t really measure that.  Choose something that can be easily measured.

Attainable – Is the goal realistic?  Losing 100lbs in 2 months or adding 10lbs of muscle in a month are not realistic goals.  Set yourself up for success by setting an attainable goal.

Relevant – Is the goal relevant?  Think about the reason behind this goal and make sure it matches what you really want.

Time specific – When would you like to achieve this goal?  Pick a specific date and hold yourself accountable to it.

A great example of a SMART Goal is…

I will lose 10lbs by April 1st (let’s say it’s 8 weeks away).

It’s specific (10lbs).  It’s measurable (pounds).  It’s attainable (1-2lbs of weight loss per week is considered healthy).  It’s relevant (I want to look and feel better).  And it has a deadline (April 1st, 8 weeks away).

Once you determine your SMART Goal, then you can identify the actions or behaviors that will help you to reach that goal. (go to the gym at least 3 days/week, meal prep every weekend, etc.)

That’s it!

In the end, I don’t believe that SMART Goals are a magical solution that will automatically get you the results that you’re after.  I’m saying that clearly defining your goals and developing a game-plan can make all the difference.

What to do now:

  1. Create your very own SMART Goal that you want to accomplish during 2017.
  2. Then identify at least 2 behaviors that will help you make that goal a reality.
  3. Write it down and post it somewhere where you will see it constantly.  Use it as a powerful motivator every day.

 

Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

 

Yours in health,

Tom Daubert

ACSM CEP

Compel Fitness

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