Reach your goal in 2011

Every year they come and go, you know who we’re talking about, the New Years Resolutioners.  While their intentions are great and we want them so much to succeed, the truth is most of them don’t make it past February.  Here at The Ridge, we want you all of you who created a New Year’s resolution to stick with it, so we’re offering a free program called The Resolution Solution, led by Ridge Personal Trainers Annie Barber and Josh Palmer.  It’s not too late to start so register at the front desk.  Today was week 1 of it and the topic was Make this the Year: Goal Setting 101. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed…



Take the SMART approach

  • SPECIFIC: Who, what, where, when, and why?
  • MEASURABLE: How much? How many? How do I know I can accomplish this?
  • ATTAINABLE: Develop attitudes, skills and abilities to know you can be successful; you are worthy!
  • REALISTIC: Be willing and able to reach goals, truly believing your goal can be accomplished
  • TIME: Have a reasonable time frame

There are 2 types of goals, outcome goals and performance goals.  Outcome goals focus on the end result, such as “My goal is to lose 20 pounds.”  Performance goals focus on the process or action, such as “My goal is to walk 30 minutes everyday.”  Remember, performance goals will help you reach your outcome goals.

Trainer Tips:

  • Visualize. What do you want?  Write it down!  Put it in a place where you can find and refer to when needed.
  • Sacrifice. Decide what you are willing to give up, or must give up in order to make your dream reality.
  • Don’t get discouraged. Always know there will be thorns in the briar patch.
  • Attitude. Be positive about attaining your goals.  Reward yourself when you reach each goal.

“Everyone wants something, but many don’t realize that nothing comes for free, so they aren’t willing to give up anything to get what they want.” -H. White

Your Homework:

  1. Write down what your want to achieve tomorrow, and put it in a place you will see it in the morning
  2. Get a notebook.  Write down everything and see it in front of you so you’re inspired to work through issues and towards goals.
  3. Write down short term goals.  Create daily, weekly, 1 month, and 8 week goals.  Create incentives for each goal.
  4. Enlist a friend and tell those around you what you are doing so they can support you.

If you have more questions about Goal Setting, or would like help on this topic, leave a comment below, or come to next week’s session and ask our trainers.