The New Year is upon us and many people are making resolutions for their job, fitness, finances and personal life. However, many people find themselves in a rut or completely abandoning these resolutions with minor interruptions in their lives. To help you maintain a continued focus on your resolutions, the best thing may be not have resolutions at all. Instead, set goals and get specific!
Resolutions tend to be general in nature (i.e., "I want to get in shape/lose weight"). The problem with a vague and general statement is that you are not providing yourself a measurable goal, and it can be easy to give up on.
The S.M.A.R.T. goal method (developed by George T. Doran) is often used in business practice, but can be applied to all areas of life. This method defines specific criteria that provide a clear definition of what you are wanting to achieve.
S - specific means pinpoint exactly what you want to achieve. Instead of saying, I want to lose weight, you could say, I want to lose 15 lbs. in 3 months.
M - measurable means you have certain criteria against which you can quantify results. Think about our benchmark WODs and the data we use to determine if our athletes are improving.
A - attainable means that you are willing and able to do things that will help you reach your goal. For example, if you are wanting to lose weight, then you must be willing to workout (or change your workout regimen) and eat healthier. You will need to review your current routines and eating habits, and write down specifically how you can change them to achieve your goal.
R - relevant means you need to have a reason that drives you to want to reach your goal. Losing weight may mean being healthier by lowering blood pressure (avoiding medications), fitting in a wedding dress, having more energy to play with your kids, etc. Once you have set your goal, share it with others. Accountability and support are key factors in staying on track.
T - timely means you have set a specific timeline for achieving your goal. The larger goal can be broken down into smaller milestones that help you measure progress along the way.
When you are defining the above criteria, make sure you write everything down. There are multiple templates online that you can download, or you can make up your own. Once you have them on paper, display them somewhere you will be able to see them often. Note your progress and make that visible as well, so that even if you feel in a slump, you are reminded of the end result and what you have overcome to date.
Share your CrossFit goals with the CFTC coaches, and they can help you develop a path to reach them. Kipping Pull Ups, Double Unders, speed, weight loss, whatever it may be, we share your goals with you and want you to succeed!
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