Fantastic progress, here, from one of our amazing clients!
One of the key things that we try to get across to our clients is seeing the big picture.
It doesn’t really matter whether you lose 3lbs in a day, or put on 3lbs in a day, what matters is the trend and the consistency – what you do, day in, day out, added up over an extended period!
Anyone can starve themselves for three days but that’s not the way forward. It’s about finding the balance between what you can do and the outcome you want.
I’d like to run a three hour marathon. I’m a decent runner, naturally, so I could probably do it if I trained. But I’m not prepared to put in that volume of training because I don’t love running enough.
If we boil it down to a SMART goal, achieving that goal over a 3-5 year period would meet everything other than Realistic, because I’m never going to do the training! If we set a goal to do it in 12 weeks, then it wouldn’t be Achievable, regardless of the amount of effort I put in!
When analysing your progress
1️⃣ Look at the big picture, as well as the day to day.
2️⃣ Decide whether or not your progress is aligned with your input and your expectations. If yes, happy days! If not then it’s likely that one of the SMART factors is out of kilter – usually the Achievable or Realistic parts. Achievable will be whether or not it’s actually possible. Realistic comes down to whether or not YOU can do what it takes. If you can’t, just take the pressure off yourself a by setting a more realistic target!