Let’s work SMARTER

The Wokingham Paper - - HEALTH -

IABSOLUTELY love lock­ing ob­sta­cles in my sights, tar­get­ing them and de­stroy­ing them. Did you iden­tify some ob­sta­cles need­ing to be smashed last week? Here is the fa­mous Michael Jor­dan quote from last week to show what he thinks about the whole thing: “Ob­sta­cles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Fig­ure out how to CLIMB IT, GO THROUGH IT or WALK AROUND IT.”

I per­son­ally like to walk through ob­sta­cles and tackle them head on. I think this is be­cause I like the thought of ac­tively beat­ing the ob­sta­cle which is an op­po­nent in this case. I guess I may no longer be in the Royal Marines but you never lose that fight­ing spirit.

So let’s see how this week’s piece of the puz­zle fits in to the whole mini-se­ries:

WEEK1 What do I re­ally want?

WEEK 2 What is im­por­tant about it?

WEEK 3 How will I get it?

WEEK 4 What is pre­vent­ing me from hav­ing it?

*** WEEK 5 How will I know I am suc­cess­ful? ***

So we have fo­cused on what we ac­tu­ally want right now (OUR VI­SION), we have talked about what the im­por­tance of achiev­ing it is and the at­tach­ment we per­son­ally place with the goal (OUR VAL­UES). Two weeks ago we fo­cused on how we will go about own­ing the goal and how we will make sure we achieve it (OUR METH­ODS) and just last week we spoke about what is pre­vent­ing us cur­rently from achiev­ing it or what could stop us mov­ing for­ward (OUR OB­STA­CLES).

This week it is all about know­ing when we are suc­cess­ful and what we can put in place to en­sure suc­cess.

So what am I talk­ing about?

I am talk­ing about the specifics of the goal and how you can make them S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

I can ac­tu­ally see you sit­ting there right now won­der­ing what I am talk­ing about. S.M.A.R.T.E.R????

He’s lost his mar­bles this FUN­da­MEN­TAL Coach has… ev­ery­one knows it’s S.M.A.R.T right??

Well you are ac­tu­ally right as to be hon­est most train­ers, coaches, goal -set­ting gu­rus etc still just preach the old-school method but I be­lieve in ad­vance­ment and tak­ing older meth­ods and mak­ing them bet­ter.

I am guess­ing you do want to be bet­ter too right? OK well here you go…

S.M.A.R.T.E.R stands for SPE­CIFIC, MEA­SUR­ABLE, AC­TION ORIENTATED, RE­AL­IS­TIC, TIMED, ECO­LOG­I­CAL and RE­WARD­ING.

I could spend hours talk­ing you through the ins and outs of each part of the S.M.A.R.T.E.R sys­tem but I just want to touch on the last two points this week as I have men­tioned the S.M.A.R.T prin­ci­ples pre­vi­ously.

ECO­LOG­I­CAL means that the goals have to be re­lated to the over­all goal for you. What is your life goal? What is the rea­son you were put on this planet? Your goals iden­ti­fied within this minis­eries should re­late to your over­all goal in life and act as step­ping stones to achiev­ing that or at least keep mov­ing you in the right di­rec­tion.

RE­WARD­ING is all about mak­ing sure that when at­tain­ing your goals there is a re­ward in there, a prize or some form of huge sat­is­fac­tion. I have used many meth­ods over the years with my­self and my clients and I al­ways say that you need to cel­e­brate all suc­cesses no mat­ter what the size of them.

Size of achieve­ment is ir­rel­e­vant when it comes to the jour­ney of suc­cess; all that mat­ters is that you are fur­ther for­ward than you were yes­ter­day in some way. A funny quote that springs to mind is shown be­low re­gard­ing size:

“If you think you are too small to be ef­fec­tive, you have never been in bed with a mos­quito.”

To add an­other level of com­pe­tence to your goal achiev­ing skills I also want you to of­fer you two fur­ther meth­ods for set­ting goals. They are progress mea­sures and com­ple­tion mea­sures.

Progress mea­sures are all about achiev­ing per­cent­ages or tar­get num­bers such as:

Go for a run at least four out of seven days per week.

Com­plete My Fit­ness Pal 80% of the time. Com­plete at least five of my re­sis­tance work­outs on a 12-day rolling pe­riod.

Com­ple­tion mea­sures are con­cerned with whether a goal is ac­tu­ally com­pleted or not such as:

In­crease my bar­bell back squat by 30kg by 1st De­cem­ber.

Lose 5kgs by the 15th De­cem­ber

Eat at least 150g of pro­tein on a Satur­day each week.

So there is week five of our mini-se­ries.

It’s all about the MEA­SURES that you put in place.

Next week, to fin­ish off the mini-se­ries nicely, I am go­ing to pull it all to­gether and men­tion some clients that I have worked with in the last few months and show how the for­mula we have been work­ing through works in the real world.

For now I want you to read over the last five weeks and think about what you can put in place.

WHAT DO YOU RE­ALLY WANT?

WHAT IS IM­POR­TANT ABOUT IT?

HOW WILL YOU GET IT?

WHAT IS PRE­VENT­ING YOU FROM ACHIEV­ING IT?

WHAT MEA­SURES CAN YOU PUT IN PLACE TO AS­SESS THE OUT­COMES?

Have a great Thurs­day and keep own­ing your life.

I don’t want to be a pas­sen­ger in my own life… do you?

Ex­ist on your own terms… that is all.

What were you put on this earth to do … and how will you achieve it?

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