GOAL SETTING: 5 STEP BLUEPRINT
As one of my favourite artist, Lenny Kravitz sings, “If you want it, you just have to believe” …
Well BELIEF is one thing, but by far superior to this is ACTION. We are all educated human beings and at some stage you would have seen, read, tried, failed, or talked about the acronym, S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific: Measureable: Attainable: Realistic: Time). This is a great foundation as it encompasses what is involved when setting and actually achieving your goals. However, many of us fail to reach our “end” goal and then dispel the acronym and return to our normal habits. So I have established my own personalised 5 Step Blueprint, B.A.S.I.C to make sure starting, formulating and achieving your goal/s are not only enjoyable but also realistic!
BEGIN – write down one goal with a 30-day time frame. We all know it takes 21 days to create a habit so I am giving you an extra 9 days! If your goal is to lose 10 kilos then 30 days isn’t “realistic” but 4 kilos in 30-days certainly is so don’t focus on the finish line, just start the process, this leads me to STEP 2,
ACTION – create an action plan to support your 30-day goal. I often say to clients you don’t go to bed overweight and wake up buffed. So establish an action plan that takes into account how much time you can dedicate to training, healthy food options required, adequate sleep for recovery, certain training techniques necessary to create adaptations, the rest required etc. Make it as detailed as possible which leads me to STEP 3,
SPECIFIC – make sure that the goal you write down in STEP 1 is not only “specific” but it is also measurable and very detailed. Think about what you would look like if you lost 10 kilos? Describe your body shape in detail? How would you feel? What would you wear (colour, size, fitted)? This leads into STEP 4,
IMAGINE – an extension of STEP 3, visualise what you would look like when you achieve your goal. Do you have any pictures that you aspire to look like? This is where I would create a vision board of any photos, pictures, and / or inspirational quotes or anything that would keep you motivated. If you look at this at least twice daily it enters your subconscious, but to achieve this you need the key ingredient, STEP 5,
COMMITMENT – a favourite saying of mine is Constant Commitment = Completion. So focus on the activity and not the end result. The end result / goal is solely dependant on STEPS 1 – 4. STEP 5 is just the money back guarantee, without it you simply wont get there. So initially start by celebrating the discipline the results will come but you have to be “trew” to yourself. Clarity builds honesty, honesty builds results, and results build happiness.
The mind is everything. What you think you become – Buddha