How To Rethink Goal-Setting So It Works For You
By Mekita Rivas, VIDA editor/member
Let’s be real: We tend to get a little, shall we say, ambitious at the beginning of the year. People are making resolutions, identifying priorities, and devising action plans to reach their goals. But there’s much more to goal-setting than simply sitting down and writing (or typing) them out. How you set goals is actually just as important, if not more so, than the goals themselves.
Break it down
“Anyone creating a goal needs to go into it understanding that they should break down the goal they’ve established into smaller goals,” explains Erik Strouse, general manager at VIDA Fitness The Yards. “People often set a main goal, and it can be too difficult or too out of their reach to keep.”
Strouse stresses that creating a realistic timeline is key. “Attainability is really important to keep in mind. Breaking down one big goal into smaller, more attainable goals helps ensure that you’ll stay on track and get where you want to go.”
In other words, running a 5K next week when you haven’t gone running in years might not be such a great idea. But on the flip side, if you make it a goal to run one mile every week for a few months, you’ll run that 5K in no time (and you’ll be less likely to get injured in the process).
Know your limits
Also crucial? Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals simultaneously. “I’m in the camp of hyper-focusing your actions toward one specific thing,” Strouse says. “Conquer that one thing, because if you try to multitask and try to do everything at once, you tend to water down your results.”
When it comes to setting your wellness goals, VIDA has got it covered. It’s a place where goals become a reality, whether you’re looking to get fit, eat better, be more active in the community, or all of the above.
The VIDA Difference
“We have a different approach with new members,” Strouse shares. “Our whole model is built on establishing connections with staff and setting people up to be successful. People generally want to hit these generalized goals, but they don’t know how to do it — what we really want from our members is to utilize us to help them reach those goals.”
And reaching your personal wellness goals can have added benefits in other areas of your life. According to Entrepreneur, staying active reduces stress levels and provides those necessary endorphins that keep you focused and less prone to burnout.
So, what are Erik’s goals for 2019?
“I’m trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep fitness a focal point in my week,” he says. “I’m not usually reaching for anything specific other than maintaining feeling energized. I just want to feel good, because the job is top-notch.”