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.

 

 

 

 

You’re never too old to get stronger

No age limit on building inner strength

Juju Baudry is 89 years young!  Exercise, specifically walking, has kept her body strong and her spirit young.  Don’t miss Juju’s words of wisdom below:

We love JuJu’s outlook on exercise and on life: “Do a little bit extra than you’re expected to do, and always be happy!”  What a way to unleash your inner BRIO and become mentally and physically strong!

Strength = Better balance. Improved function. Overall better living.

If you have an elderly parent, spouse, or loved one missing out on the joys of life because they can’t get around, YOU CAN HELP!  There is no age limit on getting stronger. Bring your loved one to physical therapy to learn the best exercises to help them get stronger. Better yet, come with them and learn yourself how to facilitate better functioning.

Spending quality time with the elderly is one of the things they enjoy most. It can also be fun for you, too. They still have so much to offer us, so give your time and help facilitate more activity. We promise the positive benefits will surely multiply!

Ready to Get Started

Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO looks can help you and your loved ones develop a healthier lifestyle. Give us a call at 504.841.0410 and schedule your appointment today.  We look forward to helping you unleash your inner BRIO and get your elderly loved ones stronger and enjoying life more!