Set a mark

I signed up for a triathlon in August. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of goals (and organization). I like the flexibility of no goals. But while swimming today, I thought about how specific goals bring results. Once my nebulous goal of working out changed to something concrete, I took action. S.M.A.R.T. goals makes things happen: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

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After doing triathlons for five years, I didn’t sign up for a triathlon last summer. The result? I didn’t work out much and gained a few pounds around the middle (the muffin top). Without a workout goal my excuses ran rampant, but I did not.

Last week I decided to change things. I signed up for a triathlon in August. Nothing crazy. Just a simple Sprint triathlon with a hilly bike section.

The result? I’ve been swimming and running. No excuses. Now that I have a goal, it’s easy to stay focused. 

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of goals (and organization). I like the flexibility of no goals. But while swimming today, I thought about how specific goals bring results.

Once my nebulous goal of ‘working out’ changed to something concrete, I took action. 

S.M.A.R.T. goals makes things happen: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

So why not set a mark and go for it!

What specific goals do you have? Spending less? Saving more? Make your goals specific and you’ll get results.