If someone asked you today what your health, nutrition or fitness goal is, what would you say? Would you say “I want to lose weight” or “I want to exercise more” or “I want to log as many steps as possible”?
Those are great goals, only…they need to be more specific.
Vague: “I want to lose weight.”
Specific: “I want to lose 10 pounds.”
Let’s kick it up a notch. Choose a goal that is specific and measurable. For example: “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next three months, which means I need to lose almost 1 pound a week.”
That goal is measurable in two ways, one because you can actually measure your weight, the second because it includes weekly mini-goals so you can measure your progress.
Here’s a fitness-related example:
Vague: “I want to walk more
Specific: “I want to walk 10,000 steps a day.”
Specific and measurable: “I want to walk X of steps a day, which is X more a day than I do right now. I’ll add an extra X steps a day each week until I reach my goal.”
Don’t limit yourself when setting goals, but do make sure they are achievable. And give your goals a deadline. It’s best to have:
- Multi-year goals (2-5 year and 10-20 years)
- 6-12 month goals
- 12-week goals (generally the best goal to focus on)
- Weekly goals (breaking down the 12-week goal)
- Daily goals
Tip: Write your goals in ink, your deadlines in pencil.
P.S. If you think this goal-setting stuff is a waste of time, you’re wrong.