Goal Setting: Inspire BRIO in Yourself in 2019

It’s the second week of the New Year. Some of you may be rocking your New Years resolutions and some may be just thinking about getting started. Either way, it’s never too late to start your journey to better health!  And we want to help you achieve all of your 2019 goals!

Here are a few steps to help you set SMART goals:

Step 1: Set Clear Goals

While we all have great intentions, the only way to truly achieve your dreams is to set clear goals. Most of our accomplishments in life start as ideas, which get refined into goals. Then, commitment and a strategically planned out action plan are what ultimately brings about success. Your roadmap to more BRIO in 2019 starts here.

Get a note pad and answer the following question:

  1. What do you really want to achieve in 2019?  Dig deep, dream big,  and write down some ideas. Be creative, and without limit.
  2. Do you want to run faster, run a marathon? Or is it to get rid of back pain, lose weight, or look better in the mirror? Or maybe to graduate from college? Use the answer to this question to start setting goals.
  3. Take the most important wants and write a SMART goal: That is a goal that is Specific,  Measurable,  Attainable,  Relevant/results oriented, and Timely.

Here is a sample goal:

Goal: I will run one 10K race each quarter this year, and one-half marathon this year, to become an advanced runner, lose 15 pounds, and to be able to ski this Mardi Gras season.

Now check to see if it is a SMART goal:

Is this goal Specific? 

Have I answered the “W” questions?

  • Who is involved?  Me, my running shoes, and the road.
  • What do I want to accomplish?  To run four 10k and 1 half marathon, lose 15 pounds, and be ready to ski during Mardi Gras.
  • Where will this happen? At the four 10k’s and one-half marathon selected.
  • When will this happen? One race each quarter ending in December.
  • Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? I will sign up for races in each quarter.
  • Why am I setting this goal? To become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds, and be in shape for skiing during Carnival.

Example of a Non-SMART Goal: I want to run more races to lose weight. This is not specific.

 Is this goal Measurable? 

  • How many? Four 10k races and one-half marathon.
  • How will I know when it is accomplished? When I finish my last race.
  • What is at the finish line? December 31, 2019 (complete my goals, lost weight and able to ski)

Is this goal Action Oriented/ Attainable:

Ask yourself is this goal realistic? Yes, I have been an off and on runner for the past four years. I run about 6 miles per week currently. With a proper training schedule, I should be able to achieve these goals within the year.  I am at least 85% confident I can accomplish this goal.

Is this goal Realistic/ Results-oriented:

Yes, this goal is to become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds and to be able to ski during Mardi Gras. This goal results-oriented and is important to me.

Does this goal have Time constraints?

Yes, it must be achieved by the end of the year.

Through this exercise, we’ve determined that we have a SMART Goal. Do you need help developing a SMART goal?  Let us help you find your BRIO in 2019. Come by for a PT screen or evaluation.





BRIO’s Inspiration Interviews: Josh Bryant, DPT

Day in and day out, we preach a life of BRIO to our clients.  But what is BRIO? It’s living a life full of “vigor or vivacity of style or performance; full of energy and confidence.” It’s our mantra and we not only preach it, we live it.  Our team draws inspiration from all different sources. We thought it would be fun to interview Team BRIO staff and share what activities inspire and evoke BRIO in our lives.  First up is Josh Bryant, DPT.

Q: What activity most inspires you to add BRIO to your life, and why?

A: Offshore fishing.  I love fishing because each time you leave the dock, you’re presented with different conditions and challenges that you must solve on the fly. No matter how prepared, you may be faced with something you’re not anticipating. It’s constant learning from successes and/or failures on the water.

Q: How long have you been going?

A: My first time offshore was when I was 9 years old. I have been going ever since.

Q: Where do you like to go fishing?  

A: I mostly fish out of Grand Isle, but occasionally we will head to Venice, Louisiana. My family has owned a camp in Grand Isle for over 40 years so its where I grew up fishing.

Q: What type of physical activity is required to go offshore fishing?

A. Most of the older fishermen refer to offshore fishing as a “young man’s game” because it is a physically demanding hobby. There is considerable work that goes into a trip, from prepping the boat and rigging the tackle, to being on the water for 10-12 hours and then clean up when you dock. It is certainly something that you must love to do.

Q: What do you do to train, or get in shape to help you maximize your fishing trips?

A: I would say that if offshore fishing is something that you love to do than you need to stay in shape as you age. I think a well-rounded program that addresses balance, strength, and flexibility 3-4x/week is necessary.

Q: Do you like to go by yourself or with others?

A: I enjoy fishing with friends and family.

Q: What satisfaction do you get out of deep sea fishing?

A: I found this interesting quote about fishing and it pretty much sums it up.

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions of hope.” – Anonymous


Thank you, Josh, for sharing your inspiration. We think this quote perfectly sums up what we love about our jobs!  The allure of physical therapy is knowing we get to help our clients reach their goals, mostly ones they believe to be elusive.  As physical therapists, we get to teach them how to attain those goals.  Essentially, physical therapy becomes a perpetual series of occasions of hope, and we are honored to be their beacon of hope.  What more could you ask for in a profession! We’re passionate about bringing BRIO to your life!  Stay tuned for our next BRIO Inspiration Interview!