MAKE S.M.A.R.T GOALS!
We hope all of you enjoyed your holidays and are ready to own the New Year! This time of year is notorious for resolutions, new goals and that beautiful spark of motivation that this time of year provides. All that being said, we want to make sure you guys structure your goals in a way that becomes sustainable and not another short term resolution fail. When looking at your goals, remember to break them down into 3 categories:
1. WHAT 2. HOW 3. WHY
Most of us know "What" we want to do. Not all of us know "how" to do it. And not many of us consistently remind ourselves "Why" we do it. The "Why" is much deeper at a visceral level, when the "why" is big enough the "how" figures itself out! Secondly, you have to make sure that you have the right structure around your planning. MAKE S.M.A.R.T GOALS! Specific- Be objective with your goals when planning them. Don't say you want to lose weight. Tell yourself you want to lose 15lbs. Give yourself a target that is objective and tangible. The worst thing you can do with goal setting is to set broad goals with gray areas. Measurable- If you have been a member of Functional Lifestyles long enough, you know how big we are on data and the measurements of the data. Remember you as a human are motivated by progress, but if you don't measure, you will never know if you are making that progress. Measure consistently and measure frequently! Attainable- "Best way to climb a mountain is one step at a time." Set goals that you know are attainable but still require you to challenge yourself. Once you reach micro goal number one; you now have built momentum to continue progressing forward! Realistic- While planning, think about what obstacles you have to overcome. Most importantly, think about how you’ve done in the past and where you’ve succeeded and/or failed. Time-Bound- Give yourself a deadline! A deadline adds structure and accountability, which are 2 things most of us can use more of. Humans are naturally procrastinators, so having a timeline will encourage you to work towards something objective. Be objective with your goals! Remember that just knowing what you want to do is not enough! If you don't know "HOW" - hire a coach. If you don't know "WHY", start diving deeper into yourself to figure that out - because that will be the only thing that keeps your motivation intrinsically flowing. - Functional Lifestyles Team