By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness
As we approach a New Year many people, including my team and myself, set new goals and they are BIG! If you’ve ever researched how to set a goal, the most common practice is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. In my search for self-improvement, I stumbled upon D.U.M.B goals and implore you to implement them when you set a goal!
If we think of the most astonishing goals achieved by mankind, putting a man on the moon is at the top of the list. However, this was not considered by many an attainable or realistic goal. Many said it was impossible. Don’t think about the “how”—we can figure that out later. Focus on dreaming big! S.M.A.R.T. goals make us “small minded.”
Many people have lost all grand ambitions for change and greatness by heeding the advice of the “realists” and the standard bearers of the status quo who tell us to set “smart” goals. Martin Luther King surely did not set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Neither did John F. Kennedy. When Christopher Columbus set out on his journey to find new land, it certainly wasn’t a S.M.A.R.T. goal. However, these goals are responsible for igniting the human spirit and innovation.
As a society we are overwhelmed with to do lists, spreadsheets, and projects that inspire no heart, no drive, and no courage. If you truly want to change where you are today, you must move forward and set a goal that motivates you every waking hour. In fact, this goal should scare you a little bit. So this New Year, do yourself and the world a favor and set some D.U.M.B goals:
Dream-driven. Let’s have vision for our lives, not just focus on our tasks. Let’s dream big again and get our heads out of our to-dos. Are the goals we’re setting aligned with our bigger vision for our lives and our contributions? How would you feel if you accomplished this goal? Would it be meaningful and purposeful?
Uplifting. How is it that smart goals have no prerequisite for positivity? Shouldn’t our goals inspire something more than a need to meet a deadline? Let’s set inspiring, positive, joyous, uplifting goals for ourselves. For example, “I want to lose some weight” is deficit driven and negative. How about, “I am going to feel so fit and have so much energy that I attract people and inspire others to take control of their health and fitness!” What is uplifting to you? It should be fun, meaningful, and based on gain.
Method-friendly. If we’re going to take aim at something, let it be something that is friendly to developing practices of mastery. MaxStrength Fitness, martial arts, and common sports all have methods, practices, forms, and habits built around a broader goal and help people move to mastery. If we can’t build a practice around it, then we don’t have a goal, we have a task. For example, two times a week you’re going to go to MaxStrength Fitness. If you want to change the way you eat, then set a method of how you shop or how you structure your meals. If you practice this method, over and over, you have a habit that leads to accomplishing your goal.
Behavior triggered. When we set a goal, we should create a behavioral trigger that reminds us to chase it. For example, if we want to be a better parent, then we can set a behavior trigger to accomplish it, like a rule so that when we pull into the driveway at night our first thought is to take a moment to center ourselves and find a calm and loving space before entering the house. Or, if our goal is to become healthy, the trigger can be that every time we leave MaxStrength Fitness, we drive to the health food store and buy veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats. A trigger means if I am already doing A, then I’m going to add behavior B right after in order to habitually move toward my goal; it’s a reminder and an activator.
Doesn’t this all sound a whole lot more inspiring and helpful than “specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound”? Now go out there and dream and make a change that you never thought possible; here’s to a 2016 full of D.U.M.B goals!
About Jeff Tomaszewski
I’m an exercise specialist and a life changer helping men and women achieve their optimal health and fitness goals in only minutes a week even if you’ve tried everything and have failed in the past. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University with undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology, I became a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. I honed my skills working at Ohio Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, and then became the Athletic Trainer and a professor at Case. I’ve spent the last 17 years asking, “What’s the least amount of time I can spend exercising and still achieve amazing results?” I’ve been testing and refining the most efficient, effective and safe way to exercise that yields the biggest return on time with regard to our health and fitness. I discovered that it is the quality, more importantly the intensity, of the time spent exercising rather than the quantity of time that truly produces results; thus, the creation of a special program that has helped hundreds of greater Cleveland high achievers just like you transform their lives.
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