Setting goals is always fun, especially in January! The start of a new year is one of the best times to embrace our struggles or weaknesses and focus on making a positive change.

Goal setting seems so easy at the beginning—we want to improve and we want to be better. But many of us may be setting ourselves up for failure by not fully thinking our goals through. A goal needs to be many things, but one of the most important (and overlooked), is that a goal needs to be detailed.

Too often our goals are based on nothing more than a result. We’ve grown accustom to hashtagging #goals on those results, making it harder for us to focus on how to actually get there, and ultimately failing to do so. (Making #goals slightly contradictory, right?)

Let’s say, Brooke Wells posts an Instagram shot of herself squatting—showing off her awesome quads and booty. I comment #goals on it (because obviously), tag Coach Chris, and mentally make this a goal of mine to strive for in 2019.

Would this be the best way to truly succeed at accomplishing this goal? Am I being realistic? Am I taking the time to think about how Brooke Wells worked for her own body and how I should work for mine too? Am I coming up with a plan? Am I setting parameters for myself?

No. I’m not. Because I’m focusing on a result instead of a process.

What we can all benefit from is shifting our goal-structuring minds to the process behind our goals instead of what we’re hoping for as the final result.

How do we do that? We need some dirty details.

Best selling author and successful businessman/entrepreneur, Michael Hyatt, writes “the best way to set goals is to be SMART.”

Specific: DETAILED

Measurable: something you can track

Actionable: includes an action verb

Realistic: pushes your limit with a dash of common sense

Time-bound: has a deadline

Here’s an example:
Good goal: 2019 booty gains
Better goal: Do more quads/glute exercises
Best goal: Back squat and lateral squat 3x a week

And another:

Good goal: Lose 10 pounds
Better goal: Cut out processed foods
Best goal: Eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of veggies every day.

If we worry too much about the result of a goal, we might lose ourselves in the journey. If we set our goals based on the process though, we are much more likely to achieve them.

If you’ve written (or thought about) a goal for 2019—go back and evaluate what it was. Make sure your goal focuses on the process. Make it SMART.

Then set out to CRUSH it!

About the Author

As a CrossFit Trainer & Content Writer at Solstice, Megan brings our experiences to life with her words. She strives to be a voice for the community, offering inspiration and advice for all our readers.