Setting SMART Goals

So we’re almost a month into 2020. What’s up with those goals you set for yourself on January 1? You sticking with them?


Each January, you see and hear about everyone’s resolutions. Everywhere. You. Look. But come, say, March, are you hearing about these resolutions anymore? Are you seeing updates? Most likely, the answer is no. No one is telling us about their achievements or struggles, no one is asking us about our progress… so it is really, really easy to forget about these goals and fall off the wagon.

Now I’m not here to judge people for this. I’ve been there myself more than once. Some years I don’t even set goals for myself, knowing I’ll forget or simply not follow through. But this year, I really wanted to set myself up for success.

I recently heard an acronym that helps you set goals that you can actually achieve. It was really simple, but it was too good not to follow.. or share!

That acronym is: SMART.

Okay, so I know it might sound silly, but let me break it down for you.

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable/Achievable

R = Realistic

T = Time Bound

Specific: Because a specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal, choose a goal detailed enough that there is no indecision as to what exactly meets the expectation.

Measurable: So you can see the change as it occurs, choose a goal with measurable progress. A measurable goal has an outcome that can be assessed – on a scale like 1-10, as a yes or no, or as a success or a failure.

Attainable/Achievable: You need to honestly assess your current social, economic, or cultural resources and your time available. Choose something within your means. If the outcome is a “stretch,” achieving the goal will be too.

Realistic: Start small. Start with what you can and will do and experience the joys of meeting a goal.  Gradually increase the intensity of the goal.

Timed: Set a time frame for the goal – for next week, in three months, by six months, etc. Setting an end point for the goal gives you a clear target to aim for.

So if you haven’t yet chosen a goal for 2020, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to set a goal for yourself. And it’s never to late to share your goals with people… my favorite little trick for staying accountable. 🙂 Go ahead, use the SMART method, and set yourself up for success.

So, here it is, my goal for 2020 is… drumroll, pleasetry out a new workout class each month.

Here’s how it meets all five parts of the SMART method. It’s specific and detailed: try a new workout. It’s measurable: once a month for twelve months. It’s attainable: I workout regularly, I am a Class Pass user, there are at least twelve different style workouts nearby. It’s realistic: It is once a month, but I can certainly go more than that if I desire. Its timed: Twelve months.

I decided to do one thing.. each month.. for a year. I have to do something 12 times across the span of 365 (actually 366, thank you, Leap Year) days. That’s it. That is absolutely something I can handle. Actually, I think I’ll be able to exceed to this goal by going to these new workouts more than once.

I’m fortunate to live in a city that is bursting at the seams with options. I know I’m biased but I feel like there can’t be a city hotter for fitness than Charlotte right now. Charlotte has ClassPass. Charlotte is the home of SweatNet. There’s constantly new studios popping up – both major, well-known gyms and smaller, boutique-y style studios. And I have a stronggg feeling it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

I created an initial list of workouts I plan on trying, but I know that as the year progresses, I will have even more options. If you have any suggestions for a fitness studio or workout style I should try, please leave a comment! Once I try each workout, I’ll share my feedback on my own experience.

  • F45
  • Barry’s
  • MADabolic
  • Hustle House
  • Tread Happy
  • STAX
  • Cycle Bar
  • Carolina Barre
  • Fit Atlier
  • RockBox
  • Orangetheory


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