How do you know where you will end up if you don’t know how to get there?
July 2006 I decided I wanted to compete in my first figure competition. I went to see someone that was recommended to me to coach me and train me through this whole new journey. Much to my surprise this person told me I would never be able to compete in the fitness industry I just didn’t have the shape and muscle. I drove home very disappointed and sat down in my big oversized chair and read my Oxygen magazine. I thought to myself “I know I can do this, I need a plan and someone who believes in me” I want to be a "Personal Fitness Trainer in Raleigh, North Carolina". Then I began writing down exactly what I wanted to accomplish and I put a time on each goal. Here is what I set July 2006:
Compete in NPC org Figure division place in top 5 by July 2008 – date accomplished July 2007 4th place
Secure a position in the pharmaceutical industry by January 2011 – date accomplished January 4th 2010
Have 1 print ad published in a magazine during my fitness career – date accomplished December 2012 – 4000 GNC stores, Shape December 2012, Oxygen January 2013, Muscle and Fitness Hers January 2013
I know you are thinking, “So what does this have to do with where you will end up?” If you don’t have a plan you will drive yourself mad starting over and over. My point is when you write your goals down and devise a plan you are far more likely to succeed, I wanted to be a "Personal Fitness Trainer in Raleigh, North Carolina".
Goal setting is not the glamorous side of a healthy fit life. It’s kind of like one of those things that you really just don’t take seriously. When you decide you are ready to make a change for the better you are all ready to hit the pavement and “get ur done”, as we say in the south. So many people have called or messaged me and said “This year I am going to get in shape!!! ” I immediately say “What was your goal or resolution last year?” So many times it is the same resolution year after year. Whether it is get out of debt, get in shape, get a new job, or whatever you are wanting to improve on, you have to have a plan and discipline yourself enough to stick to it!
So we all agree that it is important to write your goals down but …….exactly how are you going to accomplish the goals you have set? That is where SMART goals need to be executed and where I wanted to be a "Personal Fitness Trainer in Raleigh, North Carolina".
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time focused.
A lot of you may have heard of SMART goals before especially if you have a corporate career like myself. A SMART goal has a greater chance of being accomplished than a general one. Typically a SMART goal includes who, what, when, where, and how. ie. My general goal – I am going to get in the best shape of my life and become the best "Personal Fitness Trainer in Raleigh, North Carolina". My SMART goal – I am getting in the best shape of my life by joining a gym working out 4 days a week and marking off on a calendar every time I workout each week. See the difference? You will feel on top of the world when you look back at all the progress you have made. It’s the beginning of a new year and no better time to decide what great things you want to accomplish in 2013!
As always let me know your thoughts!
Happy New Year!!!!!
Lisa - "Personal Fitness Trainer in Raleigh, North Carolina"