by Kristi Rambo
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Where do you see yourself a month from now? Three months from now? A year from now? Do you have any goals, fitness or otherwise, that you need to put down on paper? A recent Michigan State University study “showed that 76 percent of participants who wrote down their goals, actions and provided weekly progress to a friend successfully achieved their goals. This result is 33 percent higher than those participants with unwritten goals, with a success rate of only 43 percent of goals achieved.” We have created a tool to help you write down your goals and see them through.
This worksheet guides you through the process of making a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Let’s create a plan, using a tried and true method for success.
Make your goal:
SPECIFIC. A goal of “getting healthy” is good, but too general (ACE). Do you want to lift more weight? Run faster? Lose pounds or inches?
MEASURABLE. Add a number to your specific goal. How much do you want to lift? How fast do you want to run? How many pounds or inches do you want to lose?
ATTAINABLE. Your goal should be challenging, but possible for you. With some effort, can you safely achieve your goal?
REWARDING. Is this goal important to you? How will your overall life be affected when you reach your goal?
TIME-BOUND. Lastly, put a time frame on your goal. By what date will you have accomplished what you set out to do?
Now make a plan. Combine the S.M.A.R.T. elements you listed into an action plan. Go get it! Remember, we have a team of trainers at Riverside who are here to support you. (You even get two free coaching sessions just for enrolling at Riverside!) Our trainers are certified and experienced in helping people set and achieve S.M.A.R.T. goals and would love to work with you.
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