I love people’s life stories. If I could do one thing in life, it would be to sit with people over a beverage (coconutwater, pumpkin spice latte, Pinot Grigio: take your pick!) and engage in an educational exchange regarding where they came from, their personalities, what their goals are, and where their life is heading. I would do this with strangers, as I know that everyone has a story to tell and that they are living one in the making. I would also have these conversations with friends, where we can learn from and be accountable to each other and the goals and dreams we share.
In addition to accountability, what has been equally important to me when I think about my own future and life trajectory is establishing SMART goals. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. You can test to see if your goals are SMART by asking yourself these questions: Specific: Is this goal simply written and clearly defined? Measurable: Can your goal be evaluated in a way that is evident upon completion? Attainable: Can you actually achieve this? Realistic: Is this a reasonably established goal that is relevant to your life? Timely: Have you identified time parameters on this goal?
I used SMART goal setting when I first fell in love with Pure Barre and wanted to reach the 100 Club. I set an intention to reach that milestone before the holidays and the travel that would come with it, ultimately resulting in planning to allow consistency and dedication, to meet my goal within my first four months. It was through my consecutive visits in working toward this goal that I noticed significant results in my mood, posture, flexibility, and overall physical strength. I was so encouraged by these positive benefits as I worked toward my first Pure Barre goal, I just had to re-establish new goals once my previous goal was met!
I’ve continued to use the SMART mnemonic when creating other goals. I have work goals: to implement a new database for admissions processing this season; audacious athletic goals: to run in the 2014 LA Marathon next March (join me?!); character goals: taking small steps to continually work towards greater levels of patience and generosity; and Pure Barre goals: Pure Barre Beverly Hill’s 20 classes in October challenge (PBBH members, are you signed up?!), and Club 300. Additional categories of goals in my life include financial, professional, spiritual, educational, social, creative, and other. I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions or even wish something tangible as I blow out candles on my birthday. Instead, I’m constantly self-reflecting and evaluating my past, present, and future, and processing my goals as they relate to my reality.
What are some of your goals this fall? Have you articulated them in a SMART way? We would love to hear what you’re working toward, and if Pure Barre is helping you get there!