Setting a SMART Goal

Figure Universe Pro Champion Christine Woods shares, “I was thinking about goals this morning and why I’ve been successful at achieving some goals and less successful with others. #TBT to my first Bikini competition in 2009. This was an experience for many reasons… The funniest reason being that I knew nothing about competing in the “Bikini” division. I had done Figure competitions before, and I knew what a Figure suit was but I mistakenly thought a Bikini was well…a BIKINI! I went to Target, got a bikini, showed up with it and wore it. So yes, that is me in the Target brand bikini, minus all the BLING that every other competitor was sporting. But as you can see, that bikini and I did alright 😉

But what led me to think about this competition specifically was that it was about a year after I had my daughter. And at that time, I was itching to feel and look fit again. 
So I set a SMART goal. 
Specific – I decided to compete in a Bikini Competition 
Measureable - I tracked my progress over the 12 weeks leading up to the show
Attainable - I knew the Bikini division would be an attainable look for me to achieve. It was what I wanted to get back to…a healthy and fit me
Realistic –I gave myself enough time to achieve my goal without having to do anything unhealthy or extreme
Timeline – There was a show date and that date wasn’t going to change, ready or not

A show has a non-negotiable achievement date… It’s called SHOW TIME! And I have come to realize my successes have largely depended on strategic deadlines. An achievement date absolutely increases goal attainment. For me, it 1) holds me accountable 2) keeps my momentum going and 3) keeps me focused only on what’s most important. 
And a goal once achieved has incredible power. It builds self-esteem and strengthens self-belief. To know that I can reach a goal by pointing myself in the right direction and taking small and gradual action. … To know that little by little, I am making progress even if it doesn’t always appear that way… To know that I can succeed if I just stick to the task.

The person you become when you reach a significant goal is a person more likely to achieve future goals. So set some goals.”

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Daisy Ward to Defend Her Title at FAW

17 Model America Champion Daisy Ward will be back to the Fitness America Weekend stage this year to defend her title. 
Watch her live at fitnessuniverse.tv

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Feeling on Top of the World

Fitness and Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Angela Gargano shares, “There’s no greater feeling than defying gravity. I remember feeling on top of the world during this Fitness Routine. I felt strong. My flips where high, my handstands where on point and I was completely in it. .
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Since tearing my ACL in May, flipping has been off limits. But yesterday 21 weeks post surgery I was told that I can finally flip again 🤗... it feels like Christmas. I plan on working my way back up to it again safely and slowly but just getting the clearance to flip means so much”

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Without Willpower, No Gains are Made

Figure Asia Champion Gladys Leong shares, “Our Mind Will Fail A Thousand Times Before Our Body Does. Without Willpower, No Gains Can Be Made.”

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Never Stop Fighting

2x Ms. Bikini America Pro Champion Natalia Castillo is ready to defend her Title at Fitness America In 2 weeks. She shares, “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life you have! 🌟

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Miranda Kennedy to Be Back for Pro Debut

Congratulations to Ms. Bikini Texas Champion and new Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Miranda Kennedy last weekend. She will be back on stage for her Pro debut at Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas in 2 weeks. 

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Daisy Ward Getting Ready to Step on Stage

Model America Champion Daisy Ward getting ready to step on stage again to defend her model title. 

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The Big Picture

2x Ms. Bikini America Pro Champion Natalia Castillo shares, “To be a champion, you have to see the big picture. It's not about winning and losing; it's about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It's about embracing the pain that you'll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid”

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Starting from Scratch

Fitness And Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Angela Gargano shares, “I’m obsessed with watching others become stronger. To start from scratch with pull-up & rope climbs are def my favorite transformation. This year a lone I’ve helped over a dozen people who told me “I’ll never be able to climb a rope.” Now they make to up every time and put their skills to the test during OCR races and in class. Bottom line is everyone starts somewhere, but YOU can make this happen and a lot of times you’ll really surprise yourself .
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Everyone seems to think I was born with this natural ability to do handstands and flip. When that’s not true at all. I struggled and had to work so hard to get my skills. I never had a press-handstand or side Ariel until AFTER college. I always struggled with the techniques of these skills, but I put the time in and worked on it everyday. So find that one thing you think you can “never” do and start working on it! “

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Prioritize and Utilize Your Time

2017 Figure America Champion Catherine Brunswick is currently training for her Pro debut at Fitness America next month. She shares, “we all have the same number of hours in a day. Prioritize and utilize your time effectively.” 

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