5 Steps to Set Attainable Goals


It’s easy to just say, “Some day, I want to do XYZ.”  But this isn’t really the best way to do it.  Here are five tips on setting achievable goals:

1. Make it Personal – the goal needs to be YOUR goal and resonate with you. If someone else thinks you need to have the goal, it just doesn’t take on the same kind of meaning.  Make sure when you set your goal, it is something you are excited about and want to accomplish.

2. Be S.M.A.R.T. – Every goal should have these attibutes:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Time-bound

Any time you make a goal, line it up against the criteria above to make sure it fits every single item.  If it doesn’t, adjust the goal.

3. Write Them Down – there is something very meaningful in writing a thought down versus just vocalizing it. Write your goal down and put that written goal somewhere you will it every day to remind you what you are working towards.

4. Create an Action Plan – once you have set the goal, you need to develop your plan of action towards making that goal happen. The best way to do this is to reverse engineer your plan; in other words, start with the end goal in mind and work backwards against your timeframe.

5. Stay on Track – it’s way too easy to set a goal and then just push it off and never take action. Build in certain check points for yourself; whether it’s losing weight, being a faster runner or going for that promotion at your job, if you make it a step-by-step process, you’ll be more likely to remain accountable, and you’ll feel more accomplished along the way.

There are many different ways to set goals and plans to achieve them, but this is just one way that might help you.

Are you struggling in setting your goals and/or struggling to achieve them?  I can help you – contact me at [email protected] or call me at 708-466-2379 and I’ll help you strategize, identify and map out a plan to achieve your goals.

Train Right!

Coach MJ

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MJ Gasik started competing in the sport of triathlon in 2003 and has completed 12 Ironman distance races including the World Championships in Kona, HI. MJ is a USAT Certified Coach, Ironman U Certified Coach, USMS Level 4 Certified Coach and is the founder and owner of Tri Right Coaching. MJ has coached hundreds of athletes from beginners through elite to personal bests in distances from sprint through Ironman.


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