The Burn the Fat Guide To Smarter Goal Setting
For The New Year
The 2 Missing Pieces Of the Goal-Setting Formula
You've probably heard of the 5-part "SMART GOALS" formula, because it's one of the most well-known and enduring methods for setting goals.
S.M.A.R.T., of course, is an acronym representing each of the 5 steps (which you can see below).
However, many people have tried this classic formula, especially when setting goals for the new year, and they say it either didn't work, or things went well for a while, but it wasn't long before they slipped back into their old ways.
Is the formula broken? Is this whole goal setting thing just self-help tripe?
I don't think so. I think this is a darn good formula. It contains some of the key steps that any good psychologist would agree, are vital for getting the most out of your goal setting.
This formula has also proven effective for countless people for many years, in the real world.
So what goes wrong for everyone else? Why do so many people still struggle to achieve the goals they've actually taken the time to set - in writing?
I pondered that question many times and realized that while the SMART goals formula is good, it could be even better if it were more complete. So, I added 2 more steps - the missing pieces of the SMART formula.
Here is the improved 7-step S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals formula.
Set goals with clarity. Your mind does not respond well to vague generalities. If you say your goal is to lose weight and then you lose one pound, you’ve reached your goal. But is that what you really wanted? Get specific. Be precise.
Set goals that can be quantified in measurable units such as pounds, body fat percentage, lean body mass, inches and clothing sizes. Performance goals can include workouts completed, including sets, reps and weight lifted. Don’t forget to include health goals as well, such as blood pressure and blood lipid results.
Set goals you can be held accountable to. First be accountable to yourself by using a weekly progress chart, a daily nutrition diary and a training journal. Then double your motivation with external accountability and submit your results and journals to someone else who will hold you to your commitments.
Set goals that are attainable and maintainable. If you lose two pounds of fat or 1% of your total body weight per week, you are doing awesome. Faster weight loss is likely to consist largely of muscle and water, not fat, and quick fix weight loss is rarely maintained. Don't be afraid to set big goals that challenge you, but do set realistic deadlines for their attainment.
5. Time Bound.
Set goals with deadlines. Time limits are motivating. With no time limit, there is no urgency for completion. Set daily goals for nutrition and workouts, set weekly goals for weight and body composition and set 12 week goals for weight, body fat or measurements. Set long term goals as well for one year, five years and even beyond. Again, be sure your time frame is realistic for the size of you goal, and "set your goals in ink and your deadlines in pencil." If you don't meet your initial deadline, you didn't fail, you simply under-estimated the time frame for your goal's achievement. Keep the goal and set a new deadline.
And now, here are the 2 missing pieces that turn S.M.A.R.T. goals into even S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals:
Goals give you a direction, but strong emotions are the propulsion system that drives you in that direction. Build up a burning desire by focusing on the emotional reasons why you want to achieve your goal. Connect your goals to your values. What’s most important to you about reaching your goal? If you reach 9% body fat, or whatever is your target, what will that do for you? What will your life look like then? How will it make you FEEL?
7. Reviewed often.
One of the reasons New Year's resolutions fail is because they are casually set once at the beginning of the year and easily forgotten. Stay laser-focused by writing and reading your goals every day. Repetition is one of the keys to re-programming your mental computer for success. Use the goal card technique. Write your single most important body or fitness goal on a small card, then carry it with you every where you go, reading it several times a day.
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As you think about your new goals for the new year, don't forget to make your goals smarter... and make 2015 your most successful year ever!
“A goal that is casually set and lightly taken will be freely abandoned at the first obstacle.” – Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker
Stay focused, eat right, train hard and expect success!
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