Goal Setting 101 - Part I


Most people don’t take the time to clearly define their goals. Therefore, most people also don’t achieve their goals. We're here to help you change that. A Harvard business study revealed that 83% of the population do not have goals, 14% of the population has a plan in mind, and only 3% have physical written goals. The results in terms of success found that those who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals, and those who write down their goals and reflect on them often are even more successful. With that being said, lets achieve success and set some goals!

We also know that we need focus to avoid the dreaded squirrel syndrome bouncing from one goal to the next, taking on too many goals and becoming overwhelmed, or choosing too large of a goal and giving up.

Here at Encompass Fitness we believe in setting Smart Goals, and “The Power of Less”. If we have fewer goals but can focus more of our energy on them, we can actually achieve more over time. If we set a larger outcome goal (for example, I want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months) we can then set small task or behaviour goals that will help us achieve our outcome goal (I will exercise 5 times per week, I will eat on track for 90% of my meals, etc.). Grab a pen and a piece of paper and lets get started! What is it that you want to achieve this year, in the next few months, or even over the next few weeks? 

Goals are so much more appealing when they are meaningful. Brainstorm and scribe words that correlate to your goal, your dreams, your life, who you are, and what you want to accomplish.


Once you have a general idea, apply the SMART goal principles to further help you define and lay out your goal. 

 Specific – Define the goal as much as possible to make it clear.

 Measureable – Can you track the progress and outcome?

 Attainable – Is the goal challenging but realistic?

 Relevant – Is the goal important to you? Does it motivate you?

 Time Bound – Have you set an attainable deadline for completion?

Once you have applied the above principles, it is time to make an action plan. Having a goal in one thing, but it's not going to be achieved without action. (Yes, this means that you will have to make changes, if you want to see changes). 


When we set three important goals, and outline the steps we need to achieve to take them, we not only have a clearly defined goal, but action steps that will help us outline the path to success.


Goal #1: _______________________________________________________

(This goal should be outcome based)

Most Important Tasks:

(What can and will I do to achieve this goal?) 

·      ___________________________________________________________________________

·      ___________________________________________________________________________

·      ____________________________________________________________________________

This goal is important to me because:

(What is your 'WHY'? Why do you want to achieve this?) 



As we mentioned, you are more likely to achieve goals that are written. And you're even more likely to achieve them when you make a commitment to yourself. 

Commitment to success:

By signing here, I acknowledge my commitment to give my very best to myself and my goals. I will be accountable, inspired, and always give my maximal effort. _________________________________.

Still having trouble setting goals? Contact us at admin@encompassfitness.ca for a complimentary goal setting session. We have committed to seeing 200 goals achieved, and we would love to have yours be one of them. Got your goals set? Email them to us at admin@encompassfitness.ca and we will post them on our goal wall, and ensure you're supported along the way!