Goals and Values
Allot of PT’s and Therapists talk about creating SMART goals. But do these goals align with your values? Why is this important?
If your goals do not align with your values then your chance of success will be minimal.
Let’s break this down.
What are your values?
These are your compass, the things that you hold meaning.
A value can be something like ‘To have a good quality of life’. ‘To travel and experience new things’.
What truly drives you?
Consider this questions and complete it
You are 120 years old, and you are on your death bed. Death is standing to your left and says it’s time. Your Great Grandchild comes in and says Great Grand-Daddy/Grand Mother how shall I live my life?
Death says you have one minute.
What do you tell your grand child?
Write it down…
Your answer represents your values
If your goals align with this you have a great chance of success.
So…you want to have a good quality of life and you want to be challenged to give you sense of purpose.
If your goal is to reduce your weight (Non SMART), it probably won’t happen!
If we change it to something that meets your values we can probably reduce weight on the way, such as my goal (by the way the above are a couple of my values), I want to complete the London to Brighton trail run 100km as I’ve never completed 100km on foot before. It’s in line with my values and it meets the SMART goals
Specific: London to Brighton run
Measureable: complete within 12 hours
Achievable: Yes on current training
Realistic: Based on past endurance events, yes
Time: Complete within 30 hours
My chance of success is great but not guaranteed. If my goal/s does not meet values I probably won’t succeed, think about New Year’s resolutions and how many of these are not met, as there is no thought about any of this, it becomes more about guilt and a superficial desire to look good for others rather than yourself.
Food for thought.
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