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GOAL Setting part two

Be Specific, But Be Careful - Remember the old saying “ be careful what you wish for because you might just get it. “

There’s going to come a when you have to ask yourself another big question: How specific do my goals needs to be? Ideally, you’ll address this sooner rather than later.

Tom realized that maybe “get a bigger bench press” and “compete in a powerlifting competition by the end of the year” weren’t specific enough. I tend to agree – bigger bench press could mean an improvement of 5 kilos or 50 kilos.

He sat down with his handy new year’s resolutions notebook and took a stab at setting some more specific parameters. Here’s what he came up with…


I’m going to compete in the XZY Powerlifting Showdown on September 10th

I want to increase my bench press by 50 kilos before the competition


That’s better, right? He’s chosen a specific powerlifting competition to satisfy his overall Goal, and he’s set a specific number that he wants to increase his bench press by. You don’t have to use numbers, but they’re an easy way to attach a more specific quality to a goal.


The takeaway: You don’t have to be as specific as you can with your goals, but it doesn’t hurt to try.