Healthy living: How to set goals and achieve them

Healthy living: The SuperFit Foodie talks us through five SMART tips how to set achievable goals

How to set goals may seem a fairly obvious thing, like “I want to be rich”, that’s a goal right?

Considering that it’s one of the most common aspirations people have then why aren’t we all rich? The difference between the people who achieve their goals and those who are left dreaming is that the former actually go out, formulate a plan and take action.

This is where a goal setting sheet comes in handy. Just write down your goals, stick them up in places you’ll see them often to remind you of what you’re working towards and then make an action plan of how you’ll achieve them.

Even if you aren’t quite sure what exactly it is you want yet, here are some SMART tips for how to set achievable goals.

1) Specific

You need to have something clear and definite to work towards. Instead of saying I want to get fit or lose some weight say I want to run a 5k race in three months or I want to lose five pounds before a certain date.

2) Measureable

Goals need to be measureable so you know when you’ve achieved them. If your goal is to further your career then a measure of this could be to get a promotion or pay rise.

3) Accountable

You need to keep yourself accountable so if ever you feel like giving up or like you’re not making progress you can look back and see how far you’ve come. A food/training journal or an honest friend who will check up on you is a great help.

4) Realistic

Goals should be somewhat realistic so that you don’t become too disheartened if you don’t achieve them. However I’m a huge believer in dreaming big so always have one big “ridiculous” goal as well as lots of smaller ones because you never know what can happen.

5) Timeframe

We all know it’s much easier to get things done when you have a deadline to meet. So set yourself a strict deadline by signing up for a race, event or trip and then get training, preparing and planning!

For more handy tips on goal setting and to download a printable goal setting sheet click here

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This article was last updated on November 11, 2018.
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