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Leaping Tall Buildings.

Mar 1, 2011   //   by Reflexion   //   Articles, Blog, Fitness, Goal Setting  //  No Comments

For this weeks post, I am writing about goal setting. Why goals are helpful and how to go about setting them up.

Why Set Goals?

Setting a goal provides you with a clear target, something to aim for.It’s the proverbial “carrot at the end of the stick” that keeps you on track. Without the carrot, you lack direction and purpose and are far more prone to distractions and complacency. With that clear goal, any time you hit a fork in the road, the way forward is a much simpler choice, as you know where you want to go.



How Do I Set A Goal?

So you know why you need a goal, but how do you go about this?

The first thing to do is to work out what it is that you want to achieve.

Do you want to :

  • Lose weight
  • Improve your fitness
  • Improve your eating habits
  • Run further
  • Run faster
  • Leap tall buildings with a single bound

Now while this is good, you really need to get smart and apply a little more structure and thought to make these changes happen and to turn your want into a goal.

To do this, I recommend applying  the S.M.A.R.T. principle. This stands for :

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

For example, if your aim is to lose weight, how much weight? : 5kg?, Over what time frame? : 10weeks?  is this achievable?

Now the desire to lose weight has become a clear and SMART goal. Losing 5 kilos in 10 weeks ticks all those boxes.

The goals you set are limited only by your imagination.

However, if you had the “leaping tall buildings” aim in mind, you may find that this one falls a little short. It’s specific enough, you can measure it, you may even want to do it tomorrow, but……..   .

“A goal properly set is halfway reached” – Abraham Lincoln

We’d be interested to hear about any of your own goals, or tips on setting and achieving them, so leave a comment below if you’re in a sharing mood. Speaking of sharing, if you liked this article, be sure to click on the Facebook and twitter icons on this page to share it around.

ps : Reflexion Health and Fitness in no way endorses the leaping of tall buildings and cannot be held responsible for any injuries or embarrassment that may be caused due to attempts to do so.