FORTITUDE - November 2005 - Issue #7

Welcome to the seventh issue of FORTITUDE!

Well it has been a very busy season! Lots of things happening, so there was no October 2005 Fortitude newsletter. The December 2005 Fortitude newsletter will be discussing a continuation of September 2005 Fortitude newsletter topic, and will be rolling out next week. Look for it because this will help you achieve your fitness goals that we will set this month!

Message of the month: Setting GOALS

This is the time of the year to reflect our accomplishments in 2005 and set GOALS for 2006. When I mean GOALS I am talking about avery aspect in your life:
You have specific reasons why you are doing what you are doing, but by setting GOALS, you will be able to accomplish your desires/dreams at a much more successful rate.
It is also important to set specific GOALS, that will drive you and motivate you toward some specific destination. If you want to plan a vacation, that is great. But where are you going in your vacation? Italy? Rome? California? Los Angeles? You must have a specific destination before you buy the airplane tickets!
Well this same principle of specificity applies to any GOAL you intend to achieve. So a great tool to guide you is called S.M.A.R.T.T. GOALS:

Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • When: Establish a time frame.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, "Get in shape." But a specific goal would say, "Join a health club and workout 3 days a week."

Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

A general goal would be, "Lose body fat and Gain muscle." But a specific goal would say, "Lose 20 pounds body fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle." A body composition assessment will determine these values.

Attainable - When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Tangible - A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, or when you tie an tangible goal to a intangible goal, you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

Intangible goals are your goals for the internal changes required to reach more tangible goals. They are the personality characteristics and the behavior patterns you must develop to pave the way to success in your life or long-term goal. Since intangible goals are vital for improving your effectiveness, give close attention to tangible ways for measuring them.

Time Bound - A goal is set for some specific time to be achieved. You will be motivated once you have set a date for yourself, so with all the above steps you will be create a plan from long-term goal to short-term goals. Short-term goals are small steps necessary for you to achieve you long-term goals.

Here is list in reverse order of Time Frames you can use when setting any of your Life Goals:

To help you with setting all the above GOALS here are seven steps to guide you:
  1. Create an image of where you want to go. Take the time to think and feel where you want to go.
  2. Set S.M.A.R.T.T.Goals for each of your Life Goals along with each Time Frame.
  3. Write out your plan for each Life Goal. Make sure you write down both S.M.A.R.T.T. and Time Frames for each goal.
  4. Make each goal one step at a time. Regard each task you perform, regardless of how small it may seem, as a step toward your goal.
  5. Take detours in stride. A detour simply means another route. It should never mean surrendering the goal.
  6. Invest in yourself. Purchase those things that build mental power annd efficiency. Invest in education. Invest in idea starters.
  7. Always look back toward #3 - your written Life GOALS - so you are on track and motivated where you are going.
As Dave Mahoney once said "The important thing is not where you were or where you are, but where you want to get."

Watch for December 2005 Fortitude newsletter coming next week!


"My heart and soul is vibrating like a volcano, and I am breathing like a dragon, The Fire of Life."