Aw Crap! You are thinking. Is Dutch really going to talk to us about setting goals? What is this a high school assembly with your counselor?
No , No, its not. I am not sure i really understood the importance of goal setting until just recently. Maybe its maturity or quite possibly something else i don’t even realize but lately i have been hammering my clients to set goals.
Lets back track a bit. In order to set goals, you need to know where you are currently. I call this testing or assessing. So your goal is to add weight to your deadlift? We will talk about why thats not the best way to state a goal in a minute but can you tell me what your deadlift is right now? No not what it was 6 months ago or the last time you lifted. I want to know what it was yesterday. With that info i can create a program for you and we will be able to measure your success.
This brings up the first point about setting goals.
Measurable: Is what you are trying to accomplish measurable? Can you put a number to it? Is it a realistic number?
For example, i wanted to snatch 110 kgs by the American Open in December. That is a specific number along with a specific date. make it measurable.
Attainable: Is it realistic? I talked in the last post about having expectations and purposely setting the high as a coach. Understand that just because i have high expectations doesn’t mean they are unrealistic. Set the bar high but allow yourself to succeed.
Now with this info. Sit down and set some goals. Limit yourself to 1-2 at a time and really focus on them. Post them here and let the world keep you accountable.