Making Goals the S.M.A.R.T. Way
S.M.A.R.T. goals have become a popular tool for setting all sorts of objectives especially when it comes to wellness. People can often discover, only after the fact, that their goals are too big, somewhat unclear, perhaps even overwhelming or unreachable. As a result, they experience disappointment and frustration more than success or positive outcomes and can become trapped in a sort of goal-setting cycle that goes nowhere. Over time, they can begin to question their ability to change.
Using S.M.A.R.T. goals can help break that cycle and bring about successful change.
We will look here at each part of this tool, spelled out by the acronym, S.M.A.R.T.
S = Specific
Move the goal from being big and unclear to small, focused, and detailed. Say, "I want to lose 3-5 pounds each month for the next 6 months," instead of "I want to lose weight."
M = Measurable
Incorporate details into the goal that provide you with a way to measure or track the progress toward the goal. This step allows you to know if you are reaching this goal or not. Change, "I will exercise 150 minutes a week," to "I will walk on the treadmill at a 3.5 mph pace for 30 minutes at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday."
A = Achievable
Ask these two questions:
R = Relevant
Evaluate the significance of your goal. How will this goal impact your life? Is it important to you? What difference will it make if you meet this goal? When a goal is relevant to you, there is personal buy-in to the goal resulting in motivation to reach the goal.
T - Time-Bound
Set a time to start the goal and a time to complete the goal. List measurements to track at specific times to show progress toward the goal. Identify specific times for rewards to be given. Having these specific, time-based elements incorporated into the goal helps you stay focused and motivated.
Start making goals for life the S.M.A.R.T. way!
The information contained herein provided for educational and information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. You should consult your physician or health care provider before taking any new medication or supplement, undertaking any exercise program or diet regimen, or adhering to any of the health and wellness information or recommendations.