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The Down andDirty on Goal Setting

When is the last time you set a goal?  And I mean really set a realistic goal?  Did you reach that goal?  Was it hard or was it easy?  And has anyone ever told you how to set goals so that they are achievable?  Here is some goal-setting advice that I learned from my CrossFit Goal Setting Course I took a couple years back.

What is a goal?
Goal (n.) 1. A specifically desired end state, expressed in the positive tense, which provides motivation and direction on the path to achievement.

Why should I set goals?
Set goals for constant improvement and always wanting to do a little better than the day before.

How do I set goals?
Follow the 4 musts of goal setting.

The 4 musts of goal setting:

  1. The goal MUST be specific and concise.
    good: I want to perform 25 unbroken kipping pull-ups
    bad: I want to perform pull-ups
  2. The goal MUST be expressed in positive tense.
    good:  I want to perform 25 unbroken pull-ups so I can better my Fran time.
    bad: I want to perform 25 unbroken pull-ups because my Fran time sucks.
  3. The goal MUST include a time frame that is challenging, yet realistic and achievable.  Determine where you are now and where you want to be.
    good:  I can perform 15 unbroken pull-ups now, but I want to perform 25 unbroken pull-ups so I can better my Fran time for the Open House on November 15th.
    bad: I can perform 15 unbroken pull-ups now, but I want to perform 100 unbroken pull-ups tomorrow.
  4. The goal MUST provide you with intense inspiration, motivation, and direction.
    good: I want to perform 25 unbroken pull-ups so I can better my Fran time for the Open House on November 15th  and win a free month of CrossFit.
    bad:  I want to perform 25 unbroken pull-ups so I can better my Fran time for the Open House on November 15th  because it’d be cool.

Now that you know how to set a goal, let’s see if you can set these 4 goals:

  1. What is your 7-day goal?  And what can you do right now, to support it?
    ex.  I want to attend 3 CrossFit classes this week to increase my energy.  I can tell my coach, to help keep me accountable.
  2. What is your 1-month goal?  And what can you do right now, to support it?
  3. What is your 6-month?  And what can you do right now, to support it?
  4. What is your 1-year goal?  And what can you do right now, to support it?

I hope you guys found this valuable!   Goal setting is great for not only in the gym, but at home and work too!  Let’s see how many new goals we can get up the goal board!  I look forward to hearing all of your goals!  Here’s to finishing out 2014 strong and starting 2015 even stronger! –Coach Steph

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