During lockdown I made myself a SMART goal.
‘SMART’ is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Attainable), Relevant, and Time-bound. SMART goals meet all 5 of these criteria — and, as a result, are strategic, focused, and actionable.
I walked 10,000 steps a day for 31 days and raised £150.
I had a SMART goal.
- raise money for The Samaritans (Specific)
- use my step counter on my phone (Measureable)
- I had plenty of time (Attainable)
- 10,000 steps wasn’t beyond me (Relevant)
- In 31 days (Time-Bound)
Having clarity on the goal made it possible for me to focus.
If you don’t focus on something you can’t be expected to have clarity on it and see how it fits into your life.
In order to get clear on what you want out of life, you need to spend some time actually thinking about it – be intentional.
I wanted to get fitter and I knew the only thing I could do was walk – so I got clear on what I wanted and then set about finding a way to help myself – be accountable.
By asking people to give money I was forced to do the challenge. I didn’t want to let anyone down so it was a way of making myself do it.
And it worked. I had to work my schedule around my walking, not the other way around.
Whatever you want to achieve you have to build a way of making yourself do it. I’m not superwoman, (I know that is hard to hear 😂 ) and I know that I’ll sit at the computer given the choice rather than get out there.
I had to have a conversation in my head – “get out there and walk”.
Clarity And Focus Fit Together
To have a positive lifestyle you need some good solid clear plans.
You control your schedule, no one else.
Learn to set boundaries before letting anyone squeeze their tasks onto you – focus on what you want and it will help you achieve your ideas.
Start to get clarity on what you want your life to look like.
May 2022 I did my first ever Park Run. It took me a long time to feel able to attend. Now I’ve got another new clear goal.