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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends: Goal Setting and Community

Goal Setting The S.M.A.R.T. Way

Goal setting is a critically important part of achieving success both inside and outside of the gym. Anyone can set a goal, but not everyone will work towards achieving it, let alone actually achieve it. When you have a community like Team BRFC, impossible is nothing!
Community is a crucial part of achieving any S.M.A.R.T. goal.

What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal?

At the beginning of every month, the Goal Board is wiped clean so that you can put up the new month’s S.M.A.R.T. goal. Anyone can write a SMART goal, but not everyone will achieve them. Community will help.

Community keeps you motivated. And when motivation wanes, community keeps you disciplined.

You see other people working on their goals, and you want to do the same. Maybe they share the same goals as you and you are extrinsically motivated to achieve them. (Competitive? Set a goal for yourself to achieve your goal first!)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at a workout and thought “UGH. I DON’T WANNA.” Motivation is fleeting, but discipline is where your goals are achieved. That text from a friend asking if you’re coming to the 4:30 class, or the gentle nudge from your coach to put 10 more pounds on the bar and give that PR a shot might be exactly what you need.


We are social creatures and we crave human connection. Share a goal with someone, create a connection. When everyone is working towards goals, whether that’s a common goal or individual goals, your friends can become your family.

Accountabilibuddies are an AMAZING tool in goal achievement. Whether it is a Coach or another member, pick someone to hold you accountable to your practice/tracking/good habits. We all need a gentle reminder – or swift kick in the rear- every now and then.
F5 Coaches are your built-in accountabilibuddies. BRFC coaches are your built-in accountabilibuddies. Your class BFF can be too.


But, what if I don’t need an accountability buddy?
Just because you’ve set a S.M.A.R.T. goal doesn’t mean you need to actually tell someone about your goal. If you find yourself more intrinsically than extrinsically motivated, then keep it to yourself. But don’t forget you can lean on the community for advice or emotional support. Use that competitive mindset we mentioned earlier to reach your goal before someone else reaches theirs.

Jeff Edwards

- National Coach USA Weightlifting - Crossfit Coach of individual and team competitors - Outdoorsy nerd - Owner and Head Coach at BR Fit Club