You’ve set a new goal for yourself; you’ve put all the right actions in place but how do you know if you’re successful in achieving your goal. How do you measure your success?
For a lot of people, setting goals is not the problem; it’s how they measure their achievements. It is so easy to write down a plan but how do you know if you are on the right track, if what you’ve got is what you wanted? Well it all starts with setting achievable and realistic goals. I am sure you have heard the acronym SMART goals. Well, there’s a reason it’s been around for so long, it’s about setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time specific goals. How do you know if a goal is specific, measurable etc? Well you need to say precisely what you would like so instead of I’d like to lose a stone in 4 months (realistic, specific, time specific) saying I want to lose weight soon………………….is not very specific, realistic etc etc
The other part of defining success is making sure that you are not measuring your achievements against other peoples. So for example, your best friend went on a diet and lost 1 stone in 2 months. Well if you lose 1 stone in 4 month and then you hear of your best friend’s achievement you become deflated then that ruins what should be a very happy time for you. Instead of revelling in your own success, you find it ruined because you are comparing it another person’s goal.
Personally, I’ve learnt, success in the eyes of the world is not necessarily going to equate success in my own life because how I measure my own success is of course going to be different. If you decide to be very clear in what you want to achieve and you don’t base whether you’ve been successful on what other people say then you are on the right path. That is why you having a very clear goal for yourself is very important and being committed to your goal and plan is very key.
So the next time you think about setting a goal, think also about how you will measure whether you’ve been successful or not, this will help you ensure you set goals that are realistic and even more important that are real and true to you.
Be true to yourself always and you will find your way. Happy training!