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Set yourself a SMART Resolution

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Posted by Cags R under General on 28 December 2013 at 12:00 AM

The time has come to reflect on your year and set yourself new goals for 2014, but this year, don't just make a resolution, set yourself a SMART one!

It's easy to get a little over-ambitious this time of year - and there's nothing wrong with that, so long as you put a plan in place as to how you will realistically achieve this big new resolution. That's where SMART goal setting fits in:

Running goal - make it an event to train forSpecific - so rather than "I'm going to start running this year" set yourself a goal like "I'm going to run the [insert specific race you want to run] in 2014"  - this gives you a clear goal and a milestone to achieve, events are an excellent motivator to stick to your resolution.

If you think that mass participation events aren't for you, then your running resolution should be specific to the amount of running you wish to do - whether it's 50km every month or setting yourself a regular routine to run - adding in specific details to your goal will make it easier to achieve.

Measurable - knowing your progress towards a goal makes it easier to keep track of. If you've committed to weight training this year, setting yourself a goal of a certain one max rep and measuring your progress will mean you can tick off the goal once you've reached it.

Measuring your progress is easy if you use the training functionality on Tribesports to log your training - you can look at your training graphs and get a real sense of how you're doing over the course of the week, month or year.

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Attainable - this is possibly the toughest point on SMART goals, are you setting yourself a goal which you will be able to achieve?

New Years Resolutions have a bit of a reputation for being massive challenges, and if you're looking to achieve a big change, it can help to set yourself progressive goals to build up towards your big goal. This is particularly true if your goal is weight loss related. Don't start off with an initial annual target which will seem hugely challenging, it will be demoralising as your progress will seem slow along the way. Set yourself attainable goals over shorter periods which will lead to a successful resolution by the end of the year.

Realistic - are you biting off more than you can chew? Goals should be something to strive towards, but setting a realistic goal will mean you A) are more likely to achieve it and B) will get a big boost in motivation for reaching it. Once achieved, set yourself the next milestone and keep up the good work.

Realistic goals will take in to consideration the other commitments in your life and should be based upon the amount of time you can realistically commit to the goal. Nobody ever "finds" time - you have to evaluate your lifestyle and see where you can commit time to achieving your goal. 

Own your marksTime - setting a date or time within which you will achieve the goal is important, much like setting a specific goal, setting a time frame to achieve your goal will keep you motivated to achieve it. If you do not reach your goal in the time you've set yourself, it's time to assess how you can improve - this is the end of your initial time limit to achieve the goal but don't give up!

If you've given yourself enough time to achieve the goal, then it may be that you've chosen inefficient training methods and so you should reassess how you will train to achieve your resolution. If you've been pleased with your progress but aren't yet at your goal, it may be that you didn't give yourself enough time to achieve it - you can use your training progress as an indicator of when your goal may realistically be achieved.

The most important thing about a SMART resolution...

SMART resolutions are a great way to set yourself a goal, however, the most powerful attribute to a successful New Years resolution is that it is something YOU really want to achieve! Don't set a goal for the sake of having one, commit to it, plan for it, train hard and succeed.

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