Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

With the start of the new year the natural progression of life allows us to move forward and make plans for new adventures and experiences. For most athletes when the new year rolls around it becomes time to plan out the training cycle for the next 12 months.

In the younger years my life my priorities and goals allowed me enough flexibility to enter the year blindly and train when I wanted and enter races with little to no advance notice. These days I'm living my life to a beat of a different drum. I now live my life according to experiences and adventures that I want to partake in that all seem to be leading up to one very special goal, which requires a bit more of the planning stage. With a husband, bills, a full time career and the commitment to myself of continuing and progressing on the development of a new career, there always seems to be some type of challenge in the way of my goals. My experiences have taught me that there a successful and not so successful ways of planning and implementing my dreams.

In accordance with the ACSM, they advise the best way to achieve success at your goals it so plan them using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym.


Goals are specific outlaying what is to be achieved with details on what actions will be taken. This allows focus to remain on the end result.


All goals should have some form of assessing the success and progress. This will allow a calculation of progress, and will outline when the goal has been achieved.


The goal needs to be something that is possible for the person setting it. The goal needs to be something that we are able to manage with all of the chaos that goes on in our normal lives.


While it is great to have dreams and to let the mind wonder about great things, all goals need to be processed with objective thinking. When a goal is out of our reach, it becomes very easy to stray off track. Goals should have a positive connotation with growth of the human spirit.

TIP: Sometimes here is where we break down our goals into short-term and long-term. By doing this, the end result will be easier to visualize and we acknowledge that great successes take "baby steps".


Every goal needs to have a deadline. With a time frame lacking, there is not sense of urgency for the goal setter.

The best way to set any goal is to keep these guideline in mind. Any serious or successful goal setter most likely already goes through most of these steps as they plan for the future. Do you?

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