Goals are great. Everyone should have one. Something to focus on that helps provide motivation, direction and purpose. You’ve heard that before haven’t you. You’ve probably heard of the the S.M.A.R.T. system of setting goals too. In this series we’ll introduce you to a new age goal setting system that doesn’t only fuel your goal setting journey with just a S.M.A.R.T goal, but also a roadmap of the work that needs to be done in order to accomplish that goal.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals has become a huge hit in the past few years and for some it’s great. They connect to the ideas and foundation of creating goals that way and accomplish exactly what they were trying to. (For those that have never heard of it before, it stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound.)
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Once a goal is set, obviously there’s work to be done and action needs to be taken for the goal to have any chance of being accomplished. When setting a performance or fitness specific goal, there’s no difference. The early bird gets the worm…well if the bird doesn’t wake up there’s no chance of it ever happening.
There are people out there who formulate their own plans of action really well. They want to accomplish a goal and know exactly what steps they need to take to make it happen. And if they don’t know the steps, they will figure them out.
But we know not everyone’s like that and for the people that operate better if they have a road map and plan that they can follow rather then having to try and formulate it the S.M.A.R.T. system can come up just a little bit S-H-O-R-T.
Either way, the plan of action is the thing that gives the S.M.A.R.T. goal a chance. It is the long stairway we climb to get to the door we want to pass through. Once we do all the work of climbing, all we have to do is turn the handle and walk through the door. But without the steps there’s no chance of getting to the door.
It might take some work to get there, but once you get to the door, all you have to do is walk through it.
This is where the Volume Goal system can be added to the S.M.A.R.T. goal system to give some guidance and direction. Volume goals don’t have to be only about fitness and performance, but for our example, we’ll stick to what we know and make it about fitness!
Let’s use an example. An athlete named “Matt” wants to be able to do 10 perfect push-ups. He can already do 5 but he tops out there. His S.M.A.R.T. goal is to complete 10 perfect push-ups by October 1. Sounds good. A solid goal that is attainable if he puts in the work. But if he’s not sure what to do to make it happen that’s what will be missing from the system…the work!
He could follow a special push up plan or something that he could find on the Internet to plan to do push ups 3x/week with varying rep schemes etc. Instead, he can use an easy system to create a Volume Goal and have his own actionable road map to success.
Check out part 2 of New Age Goal Setting tomorrow and learn what a Volume Goal is and how to create one.