How to Set Goals for Success

So, I’m a little late to the annual goal-setting party but I like to believe that it’s never too late to set goals.  I also believe goals are the foundation of success.  Before I get started with any client, I like to have a clear understanding of their goals so I can design the most effective program.  It also helps them figure out exactly what results they’re hoping to see.

How to:

  1. Spend some time thinking about what you’d like to do or how you’d like to change.
  2. Next, I recommend compartmentalizing your life into a few categories.  These may vary depending on your interests but for me it came down to fitness (my own), business (y’all’s fitness) and general life.
  3. Now, within each category think of one or two things you would like to change, accomplish, do, experience or learn this year.
  4. Then, change your goal into a smaller action plan.
  5. Finally (and possibly most importantly), write them down!  Studies have shown more success for people who write them down!

 For example: Let’s say you want to run a half marathon but haven’t laced up the running shoes in a while.  Your goal would be to run a half marathon –> your action plan could start something like, I will hire a running coach or I will find a group to run with two times per week or I will run 100 miles by March 1.

My 2014 Goals

My 2014 Goals


  1. PULLUP!  I will incorporate moves that train my pull-up muscles 2-3 times per week, and track my progress.
  2. Run two more state races  I am already registered for Little Rock (AR) and after that one is finished, I will look at the calendar for the remainder of the year.  I will continue to run at least 4 times per week to keep endurance up.
  3. Get faster  I will add speed and tempo training back into my running routine at least once per week.  Dare I hope for a half marathon PR by the end of the year?!


  1. Launch my in-home personal training business  I have already started by purchasing some equipment but I will reach out to one new potential client per month.
  2. Develop a video library of key training moves  I will choose a minimum of one move per week to video tape and build a library from there.  


  1. Reconnect with family and friends   I will choose one person per week that I want to reconnect with and either invite them to hang out, write a letter or call on the phone.
  2. Be a tourist in my hometown   I will choose one new part Austin to explore each week!

What do you hope to accomplish this year?  Have you written it down yet?


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  1. Pingback: Write, Share and Update: More Tips for Effective Goals | Coach Sprenkel

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