Here come’s your first weekly challenge…
If you’re like me, you’re just settling into a routine with your classes, workouts, volunteering, and maybe even work. You might be just starting to feel comfortable, but I’m going to challenge you to push yourself outside of that comfy place to try to achieve something new this semester by setting a goal for yourself.
Maybe you’re new to goal setting, or maybe it’s something you’ve always done. Maybe you say you’re trying to pay off your debt, to lose five pounds, or to master a new sport—but how focused are you? Setting goals for yourself—whether they’re related to your health, school, or something else—is a sure way to move in the right direction.
You can read about SMART goal setting in Western’s very own fitness instructor Robyn Deverett’s awesome article or check out some of my favourite goal setting resources:
- Lululemon’s goaltender lets you set up an account where you can set and track one, five, and 10 year goals for health, personal, and career aspects of your life.
- Sparkpeople.com has awesome resources about goal setting in its healthy lifestyle section.
- This blog has some unique ideas for sharing your goals.
- The Fit Like Us bloggers for Self Magazine published a simple post about how to set exercise goals.
- Best Health Magazine’s article about setting a health goal points out a few important considerations, like the importance of figuring out what you need to achieve your goal and believing in yourself.
My goal for this semester is to attend at least one yoga class weekly, so I’m going to go ahead and say it: “I attend at least one yoga class each week until Christmas.”
I’ve decided that if I’m successful at least 10 of the next 12 weeks (that takes us to mid-December), I’m going to reward myself with a new yoga mat! Not only have I set up some external motivation, I’ve made a list of the reasons why I want to attend these classes (I need the stretching, relaxation, and break from busy days; I need to attend other classes to stay motivated as an instructor; etc.) to remind me when I inevitably feel like slacking on my progress.
To keep track, I’ve made a tally sheet that I’m keeping on my bathroom door where I’ll be frequently reminded of my commitment. Though attending one class every week is reasonable, there will be some weeks where making it to a class will be a challenge, but that’s where the fun part of a goal comes in—if you already know you can achieve it, you need to aim a little higher!
To get there, I’m going to have to plan when I can fit a class into my busy schedule at the beginning of the week. I will also keep a set of yoga clothes in my locker and another in my car to make achieving my goal convenient.
Whether you set a health, fitness, career, or another type of goal, good luck to you! I can’t wait to hear about them, but in the meantime, take these quotes as a little extra motivation:
- ”Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.” -Elbert Hubbard
- “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
- “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” –Diana Scharf Hunt
- “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” –Mark Victor Hansen
(Yes, you can read this on the Campus Rec website too!)
What’s your goal?