Training Tuesday: Road Map to Success - Part 2

Last week we talked about how to identify your goals. There were some pretty pointed steps included... Who are you? What do you want? What are your values and priorities? Hopefully you were able to identify some of those and even wrote down a few training goals. This final section to the Roam Map for Success will help you how to identify attainable goals.

I mentioned picking smart goals. That's actually an acronym for this weeks Training Tuesday. SMART stands for:

  • Specific, or significant
  • Measurable, or meaningful and motivational
  • Achievable, or attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Framed, or tangible/trackable

Step 1: Make it specific.

Answer these questions:

Who- who is involved?

What- be specific in what you want to accomplish.

When- establish a time frame.

Which- which strategy are you going to use?

Where- where are you going to practice this goal?

Why- give a reason or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Step 2: Make it measurable.

How, precisely, will you know when you've reached your goal? What are the incremental steps, and what is the finish line?

Step 3: Make it achievable.

Here you run a reality check. Are you prepared to make the commitment your goal will take? Is there a more achievable target you are willing to work for and achieve?

Step 4: Make it relevant.

Make your goal relevant to your life and other priorities. If it's a 'should' inherited from someone else or out-of-date, ditch or revise it. Make it relevant or you will run out of steam early on.

Step:5 Make it time-framed.

What's a reasonable date for achieving your goal? Strike a balance between being so ambitious you ever expect to succeed and aiming so low, you lack the incentive to try. Don't be afraid to tweak the dates as you need to as you progress.

A few more bonus steps can be identifying what resources you need along the way,does your schedule need to be tracked in a goal-dedicated calendar/journal, what miles stones are important along the way and how do you reward yourself when you reach those milestones.

This is by no means the end-all to goal road-maps, but a suggestion, a way to get started. Take the questions here and adapt them so they fit your needs and lifestyle.