Setting Goals = Planning for Success

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Jen Wirth | September 20, 2018 | no comments |

Setting Yourself up for Success

By, Coach Jen and Coach Noah

I want to lose weight
I want to be healthy
I want to run my first 5K, or my first Obstacle Course Race
I want to do a Muscle-Up
I want to walk on my hands
I want to go to the CrossFit Games

These are all goals, decently defined ones at that.
People sometimes ask me how some athletes get to be so successful.

Hint: It’s more than just natural talent. You can have all the natural, genetic advantages, but without shooting for something specific, you’re not going to do much…specific.
So what are successful athletes doing that’s different from what you’re doing?

What successful athletes do differently is this:
They set very specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound GOALS. Once those are set, successful athletes consistently put one foot in front of the other to achieve them.

This is an important point, so it bears repeating in another way:
1. Successful Athletes set SMART goals
2. They are consistent in working towards them every. single. day.

Up at the top of the post, I carefully chose my words, “these are all goals, decently defined ones at that.”

I did this to draw attention to the fact that while those do seem like well thought out goals, they really serve more as a starting point than an end. Goals can, and should, be much more clearly defined.

The thing about Goals is they have to have six components to really be effective. The Acronym we’ll be using here as a mnemonic device is: SMART.
S – Specific (ex: If you want to “be healthy”, what does that mean?)
M – Measureable (ex: 
If you want to lose weight, how much do you want to lose?)
A – Attainable (ex: saying you want to be an Olympic swimmer when you can’t even swim means it probably ain’t in the cards for ya…)
R – Relevant (ex: if you’re training to be a soccer player, there’s no need to practice throwing a baseball)
T – Time bound (ex: WHEN will you achieve this goal? Not “in a few months”…what day specifically?)

You may be wondering where the sixth component of Goals is.
Here’s it is: You need to have an emotional attachment to your Goal.
This means your Goal is something that gets you riled up, stirs passion from deep within to keep you going when the going gets tough. This piece makes sure you have “skin in the game”, that its something worth fighting for, something that is for YOU.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong.

You might be saying, “I hear you. I’m motivated, I want to do things…but I don’t always get them done in a timely manner. And some things just aren’t happening.”

So then, What to do?

The hardest part is taking regular action in the direction of your goals.

Regular, ongoing action. Several times a week, consciously taking actions to get you going in a certain direction, to achieve a particular goal.

Here’s the reality though – everyone, even CrossFit Games competitors come across “life” that threatens to derail them. What do I mean by life?

Sick Kids
Holiday Parties
Surprise family visits
Eating out
Lack of money
Gym being closed
Moving homes
Wreck slowing down your morning commute
Long days at the office
Being tired
Death in the family
Bad breakup
Work got in the way
TV shows
Bad luck
Not getting enough sleep
Feeling lazy
Feeling defeated
Lacking confidence
Scared of the workout
Lack of time

You know what I mean, right? All these things that people use as an excuses for why they aren’t getting what they want in life – reasons why they can’t make it to the gym, or eat well.
All that stuff is … Life.

And all that stuff is a part of everyone’s life!
The people who are the most successful in the world, who achieve their goals, who capture their dreams, are no different than you or I. They just don’t let any of that stuff, “Life,” get in the way of them getting what they want. They know its just part of the journey…and they’re prepared to deal with those things when they do pop up. They have a plan!

It all boils down to one simple question: How badly do you want it (your goal)?

Achieving the goals you set for yourself won’t be easy.

Are you willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary to achieve your goals?

Noah and I have a plan. Our plan is to help you come up with your goals and an action plan for achieving them.

Don’t fret – your goals don’t need to be lofty performance ones, or weight loss ones, or muscle gain ones…those are all great and cool and fun…but only if they are relevant to YOU; that’s what matters!

We’re going to make this real easy – We’re going to lead by example and show you how its done.
1. First, we establish our SMART goal: To meet with each and every member we have for a 30-minute goal setting session by the end of October 2018.
2. Next, how will we achieve it? We put the link to our schedules so that each of you can book your private appointment with one of us for a time that is convenient for you. (Click Here to book your private 30 minute Athlete Check In appointment.)

3. Lastly, how do we know when we’ve achieved our goal? Simple: We’ve put a check mark next to every Wildcat member’s name.

But wait a minute, what about the emotional part…what’s in this for us? Well that’s easy – We get to help each of you set out on a path to  achieve your goals.
You guys, we love seeing people achieving their Goals. That’s what makes us tick!

Finally, the follow-up: Accountability is a huge thing. When more people, other than just you, know that you’re gunning for something special, a funny thing will happen: they’ll rally in your corner and they will keep you going.
In addition to the check-ins, when we see you in class, or out and about, we promise you this: every three months, you’ll be hearing from us to come and sit down again to see how you’re getting along.
We’ll evaluate how your plan is coming together, tweak anything that needs it, and keep you moving forward.
So…what does all this cost? Only your most valuable asset: time.
Will you make the time?


Jen and Noah

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