Creating a Fitness Routine Part 2 – Goal Setting

This is part two of our J2K Fitness Challenge.  In part one we talked about how we can learn about ourselves in our failures, and that in fact failure is essential for success.  I ended part one with instructions to write down some obstacles that have gotten in the way of your training programs in the past.
Now with those in the back of our mind, let’s start writing some goals.  Goals, both short and long term, are extremely important in creating a fitness routine.  In college as I was learning about physical and health education we learned about S.M.A.R.T. goals.  At first it seemed a little over the top, but over the years I’ve come to realize how important each component is to the success of your goal.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
Specific           (What *specifically* do you want to happen)
Measurable     (How will you know when you’ve accomplished your goal?)
Attainable        (Is your goal within reach but still challenging?)
Relevant          (Is it your goal or someone else’s; how does it fit in your life?)
Timely             (To be completed next week, next month or next year?)

Without a goal we will never accomplish what’s important to us.  The world distracts us in many different ways, so we need to focus.  And when we establish a goal, it needs to have the five SMART components.
Take that sheet of paper and start formulating your S.M.A.R.T. goals.  Nothing is written in stone, remember?  You may write these goals and then make some changes a few weeks into the program.  Life is a series of adjustments.  But we’ll continue our J2K Challenge by writing some goals.

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