We are what we repeatedly do, not what we occasionally do. This weeks blog focuses on the importance of good goal setting and committing to the process on a daily basis. By committing to daily change the chain of new habits is built alongside the momentum to keep you on track to reaching your goals at Frontier Performance.
Goal setting is something that all of us have done to one extent or the other. Whether it was a New Year’s resolution, wanting to hit a new PR in a lift, or cutting out Pop-Tarts (yeah right..), all of us have set goals, and all of us have failed to meet at least some of those goals. Goal setting can seem tedious, difficult, and almost pointless if they are not constructed in the proper way. However, when smaller goals are created they help to keep you accountable and on track while you build momentum towards whatever your ultimate goal may be.
A method used by many people when creating goals is the SMART goal principal. SMART goals are in almost every goal setting article, book, or blog post as a tool to help you build well thought out goals that will last rather than be forgotten within a week or so. SMART stands for:
Specific: The what of a goal – be as specific as possible to dig deep into what the real goal is and what must be accomplished
Measurable: Is it tangible – can you see it, feel it, touch it.
Attainable: be honest with yourself. Is your goal something that you can grow and develop towards.
Realistic/Relevant: Are you able to take the steps necessary to reach your goal
Timely: Set time parameters to keep yourself honest and accountable.
Without clear goals both short and long term training can have less direction and purpose. It is crucial that as an athlete you break down what you want to accomplish in your training, involve those around you to hold you accountable, track your progress, and most importantly make adjustments as you go. To know where you are going, you first have to know where you are starting from. If something isn’t working for you then try something different. When working towards your goals as an athlete enjoy the process and at the end of the day goal setting is all about challenging your self-discipline, choosing what you are willing to commit to or give up in order to make it happen, and being willing to live with the repercussions of your actions while holding yourself accountable to the commitments as part of the process of reaching your goals.
When you set out to run a marathon you don’t start with a marathon, you run today, you run tomorrow and the next day and slowly you build the chain that takes you to achieving your goal. This is why most individuals struggle to reach their desired outcomes. They become discouraged when they can’t complete that marathon after two weeks. You can’t always be guns blazing, there needs to be a process that is followed to build towards whatever you are trying to achieve. If you need help building SMART goals to take your training to the next level, or you already have goals you are working towards involve your coaches or other members at Frontier to help build gameplans and keep you accountable in reaching your highest athletic and health potential.