To be successful, we need motivation. A great way to motivate yourself is to set a goal or goals. NOT DREAMS. Saying, someday I’d like to run a 5K is a dream, not a goal. It doesn’t become a goal until you 1) set a date to run it by and 2) set out a training plan to be able to physically run or run/walk the 5K.
GOALS SHOULD BE SMART – S. M. A. R. T.
S – Specific – I want to lose weight, NOT specific. I want to lose 10 lbs. That’s specific. Run a 5K without dying. That’s specific.
M – Measurable – I want to run. NOT measurable. I want to run a 5K, measurable. I want to be thin. NOT measurable. I want to be in a size 8 dress. That’s measurable.
A – Attainable – Is this something within your ability? Saying I want to exercise for 1 hour 4 days a week, when you barely have 30 minutes here and there free is probably setting yourself up for failure. Start with something more manageable like “I will exercise 30 minutes, 3 days per week for the next 4 weeks.” You can always work on your schedule and increase it when ready.
REALISTIC – I want to lose 30 lbs in 3 weeks is NOT realistic. Be honest with yourself. If you want to lose weight, 1 – 2 lbs a week is probably the MAX you can lose (or should lose). Then do the math for the timeframe and set THAT as your goal.
T – Time Sensitive – I want to run a marathon, someday. Well, there is no urgency, no time commitment. This is a dream, not a goal. I want to run a marathon in 9 months. I want to lose 10 lbs in 4 months. That is time specific. If your goal is a race distance. Figure out how long it’ll take to train. Then find a race around that time and SIGN UP FOR IT. Now your goal is to run THAT race by THAT date. TIME SENSITIVE.