LIFE: Get SMART About Goals

Setting tough but achievable goals is really important to me: it keeps me motivated to move forward and gives me a massive sense of achievement when they’re completed. However, after a goal has been hit – especially a big one, say, a marathon! – it can send you into a slump because you don’t know what to do next. Sometimes when sportspeople win the competition they’ve always dreamed of winning it can dishearten and confuse them, as when they’ve hit their greatest goal, what is there to accomplish then?

That’s why it’s always good to have a variety of goals, big and small, being worked on concurrently. It would be easy for me to now think that just because my marathon is done there is nothing more for me to achieve though this is far from the truth and new goals will keep me moving forward.

To set goals, you’ve got to be SMART about it – that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. You’ve probably used SMART targets at university or work, but it’s also great to apply them to your personal or fitness life too. I want to be stronger and faster, but by applying the SMART principle I’ve come up with two goals to be completed by the end of summer:

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To get there, I’ve also written myself a bit of a plan, and my plan includes fun stuff that I’ve wanted to do for ages and will also help me reach my targets. Olympic lifting, for example, is something I’ve toyed with for a little while, but I’m taking it more seriously by adding in a complete beginner’s programme into my plan. Those snatches and cleans will contribute to both of my goals, assisting with strength and flexibility, as will the one Jivamukti yoga session I’m planning to attend per week. Add in a couple of runs and HIIT cardio and I’m good to go.

I’m also going to be working on my Olympic lifting technique a lot so if this is one of your goals too then take a look at my YouTube Olympic technique playlist! Some of you have shared your goals with me on Instagram but if you haven’t already then set them in stone in the comments below. They don’t have to be fitness of course – one of my goals is to finish my Masters with a Merit or above – though fitness goals are easily quantifiable so they’re a great place to start. We can keep each other motivated and progressing towards those coveted targets.

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