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Do you know how to set achievable goals?

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Hey there,

it's Yasmin here from Vivo Life.

Have you ever thought about goal setting?

I’ll put my hands up: I certainly hadn’t until recently. I associated goal setting with people who are either really successful or really organised, and didn’t really see the point in doing it myself. 

What I’ve learnt, however, is that setting goals can be extremely useful for even the average joe like myself. It doesn’t have to be a hugely intimidating task requiring us to know exactly what we want from life. Instead, setting goals can help all of us stay motivated with our day-to-day actions, ensuring that we keep that end goal in the back of our minds.

I’ll demonstrate the importance of goal setting with an example. Say I start going to the gym because I want to get fitter. Without consciously setting the goal and mapping out a plan, after the initial motivation wears off, a few months down the line I’ll probably lose sight of why I’m spending so much time, energy and sweat in the gym, resulting in me stopping exercising.

However, if I’d set some small, short-term goals to help me reach my eventual goal of getting fitter, I’d have been able to track how far I’d come and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as I achieved each mini goal. So, what do these small goals look like?

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Setting the goal

Google goal setting and you’re guaranteed to find the acronym SMART lurking in one of the top few articles. SMART stands for

S: Specific
M: Measurable
A: Achievable
R: Realistic
T: Timely


So my big picture goal is to get fit – but that allows far too much wiggle room with justifications like “I can skip the gym for the second time this week as long as I do an extra long, intense workout tomorrow.”

Setting these big, vague goals means you’re way more likely to be inconsistent and eventually give up. Instead, zoom into your own behaviour and examine where you’re likely to slip up with your end goal. For the end goal of getting fitter, some smaller goals might be something like going to the gym 4 times a week for a month, or ensuring you eat 5 fruits and veg a day for a month. 

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Achieving the goal

Setting the right goals is an important part of the process, but how do you actually stick to them? Well, first of all I’d recommend writing down what you want to accomplish AND telling your friends, family, colleagues, even your local coffee shop barista! That way you’re held accountable to both yourself and others.

Remember that life and your goals also change. That’s why once a month you should review your goals and adjust them to your current situation. You might have begun with pledging to work out for 4 days a week, but you might realise that you can now add a yoga session into your weekly schedule too.

That’s also where tracking your progress comes in. This is a HUGE part of reaching your goals, as you can see what sticking to your goal has helped you achieve already. Tracking your progress means you can celebrate every small win and enjoy the journey!

Last but not least, commit to that goal and be consistent. Committing to the goal doesn’t mean you can’t have a bad day, but it means that if you do fall off track (as humans do), your commitment to achieving will help you refresh your perspective, perhaps set a new, more achievable goal, and get back on the right track!

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Good luck!
Yasmin
Content Executive

 

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