Individual Training Goals
Have you ever been training near another individual, whether at the gym or elsewhere, and thought to yourself “I would love to have their physique”? This is a common mindset and you can guarantee wherever you choose to exercise there will always be at least one individual who you aspire to be like.
In principle, this is nothing to worry about – but if your goal to match them becomes too much too soon, it can lead to frustration and deflated motivation levels. It may also result in injury if you push yourself too hard in pursuit of this goal.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to achieve great things through your training but your goals should be specific and unique to yourself and yourself only. Constantly drawing comparisons against others can create negative attitudes which can be counter productive for your training.
Create SMARTER Training Goals
When contemplating your goals there is an acronym which can assist you in creating a training goal which is tailored to you.
That acronym is ‘SMARTER’ and if you apply its principles each time, to both short and long term goals, you won’t go far wrong:
- Specific: A goal becomes much more accomplishable if you make it specific to your desired outcomes in what you want to achieve. For example ‘I want to attend the gym three times a week’ is much more relevant than simply stating ‘I want to get fitter’.
- Measurable: You should be able to easily monitor your progress towards a particular goal otherwise you won’t necessarily know when you have achieved it. It will also keep you on course and provide both motivation and satisfaction when you reach your target.
- Attainable: If you are able to identify a goal that is personal to you and the reasons why you want to achieve it then you are already breaking down potential future barriers that may stand in your way. It also allows you to consider what is required of you.
- Realistic: A goal should entail hard work and dedication in order to achieve it, but it should also be realistic. If your goal is realistic it creates an inner belief that you can succeed. Consequently, your determination and motivation levels are heightened.
- Timed: When creating a new goal you should also consider the time frame in which you wish to achieve this progress by. If you omit to include a time frame it can cause a reduction in the urgency and necessity for you to want to achieve it.
- Exciting: If you consider your goal boring and monotonous from the onset then you are already significantly impacting your levels of motivation. This could ultimately result in failure. Instead, choose a goal that you are energetic and passionate about.
- Recordable: A goal should be able to be physically recorded in a hard format so that if required, comparisons can be drawn throughout your journey to view the progress you have made. This again is vital for both maintaining and elevating motivation levels.
So there you have it, seven simple inclusion points to assist you in creating your very own unique, personal training goal.
Remember this can be applied to both short and long term goals and can really assist you and your intrinsic levels of focus and motivation. Try it out today, and let us know the principles you stick to when creating personal goals in the comments section below…