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Camper Corner: A Note From Brad

Brad Murphy

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. It’s been 6 months since Camp started and if you’re like me, it seems like only last month we were in sunny Santa Barbara!

SMART Goals

This leads me on to what I’d like to talk about today: New Year’s Resolutions.

The point of a New Year Resolution is to set yourself a goal to achieve by the end of the year. The issue is, however, is, many people don’t set a SMART New Year’s Goal. People tend to always set goals that are quite simply, un-reachable. At camp we learned about SMART goals. If you still remember what SMART stands for, then repeat after me… Sustainable, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely!

With SMART goals, they’re great for setting goals that we can reach in a Day, Week, Month or even a Year! Set yourself a goal that you can achieve in a year! A goal of mine for 2019 is to run the London Marathon. So, that’s my big picture goal, but I need to take some steps to get there. So my first goal is to “Maintain the speed of 10kph for 10km on the treadmill which I will work on by on running 4 times a week.” Have a goal now and write down some SMART New Year Resolution goals you could set for yourself.

Remember, these SMART goals are for YOU, not anyone else.

Last year, my goal was “Start the gym.” As you can see, it’s wasn’t very ‘SMART’. This is why goal setting the SMART way is the best way. The problem with setting a goal that is un-realistic is that you’ll get to the point where you admit defeat, and once you do that, you’re 6 months down the line, and in a downwards spiral right  back at where you started. This is where I went wrong before. I didn’t have the right mindset on goal setting. And I wasn’t prepared for it when I went off track.

If you set a goal, and notice that you’re drifting away from your goal, think of 2 things…

  1. Is this the goal for you? Is this really what YOU want?
  2.  What can you do to get back on sail?

These are really important. If the goal is not what YOU want, then why are you doing it?

Remember what we learned at camp, do what’s right for you, not other people. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, then good! If not, stop and do what’s best for you! If you find yourself off sail, think of what’s gone wrong, accept the fact that you’ve gone off track, and get straight back on as soon as you can!

This is extremely important as if you keep delaying, you will get in a habit of goal procrastination, and eventually not reach your goals! So, follow those 2 steps as that’s what I do when I find myself veering the wrong way to my goals and they do help a tonne (a ton for my American friends)!

Anyway, I must be going now! Thank you all for checking out my tips of goal setting for the New Year! Remember, set S.M.A.R.T goals!!! Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year 🙂