Goals and resolutions are a pretty common accompaniment to bringing in the new year. Unfortunately, it is also common for the resolutions to fall to the wayside fairly quickly. However, that doesn’t have to be the case, today I’m gonna talk about S.M.A.R.T goals - a way that you can create goals that are actually achievable!

S.M.A.R.T as a couple of different iterations but here’s one that we like:

S - Specific

The more specific you can get with your goals the easier they will become to achieve. Who, what, where, and why - these are all points that can be included in your goals to make them more specific.

“I want to get in shape.” vs. “I want to run a sub 20 minute 5k.”

You can really visualize running a sub 20 5k and it gives you something to train for. This makes it easier to put in the work when the going gets tough.

M - Measurable

How much? How many? How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?

Add quantifiable markers to keep you motivated so that you know if you’re on the right path. If your goal is to increase your back squat by 15 Kg and by July you’ve already added 10 Kg it’ll be much more motivating to see this result than never really knowing if you’ve actually gotten stronger or not.

A - Action oriented

What do you need to do make your goal a reality? Take out all the thinking so that making progress becomes habitual.

“I want to start eating clean.” vs. “Every Sunday I will prep healthy food for the week.”

This is the difference between a wish and goal!

R - Realistic

Be honest with yourself. Can you really make this happen?

“I will stop eating sugar.” vs. “I will eat dessert only once per week.”

If you’re currently eating dessert 5 times a week stopping cold will be next to impossible. Limiting yourself to a small dessert will go a long way making sure that mentally you can persevere. Don’t shy away from making hard to achieve goals, but give yourself some room to be human!

T - Timely

Give yourself a timeline to achieve your goals. This also helps mentally keep you on the right track and allows you to push when things get difficult.

“I want to lose some weight.” vs. “I want to lose 5kg over the course of 2 months.”

If you include all 5 of the above mentioned points then your chance of success will dramatically increase. So this year, when making your goals but S.M.A.R.T. about it!

Lastly, I suggest writing down your goals and letting the people around you know what they are. Those around you can help keep you accountable when you’re likely to slip and they may want to join in as well! Things are always easier with positive social reinforcement.

Good luck with your New Year's goals and if you’d like some more help deciding your goals and getting committed Fill Out Our Form and our awesome Port Tower CrossFit Coaches will reach out to get you started!