S.M.A.R.T Consistency- posted by Sean St. Onge

Having the fortune of holding three different jobs, (although it is well known that I feel my occupation is predominantly being a trainer/coach) I encounter many similarities. You can surmise that being a bartender, trainer/coach, and direct support professional you would run into similar "problems." Personal attention is the name of the game for all three of the jobs . Should my "service" suffer, my clients, and patrons suffer. Also their goals and aspirations suffer. Yet consistency and procrastination in all three fields seem to arise all too often.  In reference to training though, everyone deals with bouts of procrastination. Just short of Jillian Michaels style, yelling/screaming training, I prefer dig a little deeper and find the source of what is impeding any and all progress to one's goals.

Goal setting is something that seems to be lost on many, or it is seen as just another cliche. Maybe the root of many of our procrastinations is poor fundamental planning and goal setting. We all strive to be our most svelte, sexy,strong, selves and hope & pray to become models...

I was able to work with a mentor of mine, Bob Evans (212 Member) on how to properly set up my life and the goals I wished to attain. Bob was my wrestling trainer and mentor for some of the very format-able years of my life especially when I needed to make a change for myself, and I still use this system today. I even pass it on with the high school athletes and students I work with. He introduced me to Brian Tracy's "Smart System." Now without getting all "banana hand" Tony Robbins on you...

It is a very simple, nothing new under the sun, system consisting of Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals to be HAND written out in 1, 5, and 10 year increments. The reason for the HAND written goal, is due to the studies that a very small amount of people write out their goals, yet that small percentage are among the richest and profitable in the country.

"Only 3% of adults have clear, written, specific, measurable, time-bounded goals, and by every statistic, they accomplish ten times as much as people with no goals at all. Why is it then that most people have no goals?"

For more on this check out the link below.

http://www.briantracy.com/blog/general/setting-goals-and-objectives

Specific: Be extremely specific to what you want and WHEN you want it by.

-example: I want to deadlift 350lbs safely....

 Measurable: Keeping in mind something you wish to accomplish that means something to you. "A well-measured thought."

-example: I want to deadlift 350lbs safely with possible room for a second repetition....

Attainable: Using the above example, and today's date, if you already cannot deadlift say...100lbs, you have to be fairly sensible to think what would be attainable for two months in advance with the proper progression. So, choosing a goal that can be attained by or before the specific date you have set. Which leads to...

Realistic: Saying a week before the Boston Marathon that you want to finish it without having trained and properly allowed yourself the time to progress up to the demands for such an event is NOT realistic.

"Aim small, miss small."  When choosing what you want to accomplish you should take the time to be real with yourself. Making a goal of eventually stepping outside and walking somewhere, is highly realistic and fairly Attainable (unless you suffer from agoraphobia) yet is not very Measurable, or Specific.

Time-Bound: Choose a time and date for yourself. This will hold you accountable and continue to provide you with a time frame on how much work you need to have done. Using the first example...

-example: I want to deadlift 350lbs safely with possible room for a second repetition by February 28th, 2012.

By sticking to 1, 5, and 10 year goal frames I can honestly tell you in most cases for myself, I accomplished 100% of my 1 year goals in 8-12 months. 100% of my 5 year goals in 1-3 years. And my 10 year goals I have completed 75%. The goals I set for this time frame was started in 2003. I have since set and started new goals and have been able to keep myself on target. I am constantly reminded due to the simplicity and personalization by HAND WRITING them. It's that accountability of knowing I wrote and set them myself. With the use of laptops and ipads, I have noticed typing out ideas and writing them out either on a sticky note, memo, notepad or journal has more merit and it ultimately is seen in more than one place. This helps keep those thoughts viable and fresh.

Re-write your goals, on different paper, with different colors and put them up in multiple areas around your desk, home, and office. Again, this will keep the idea fresh in your mind and possibly look better and different. If it is in the same text or on the same background, area or spot it will blend into your daily routine and it will be seen as routine as you pass by it on the way out the door. It will then become routine in saying "oh yea..I need to work on that."

Lastly, PRACTICE. "Yes we talkin bout practice...again." Practice writing your goals, your aspirations. Goal Setting is an acquired skill.

"You can take a Masters degree at a leading university and never receive a single hour of instruction on goal setting and achieving. Fortunately, setting a goal is a skill, like time management, teaching, selling, managing, or anything else that you need to become a highly productive and effective person. And all skills are learnable. You can learn the skill of goal-setting by practice and repetition until it becomes as easy and as automatic as breathing." - Brian Tracy

So....

 "You know how you get to Carnegie Hall?....Practice." 

Soap Box OUT....