A S.M.A.R.T. Guide to Goal Setting
Have you decided that it’s time to make a change but aren’t sure how to get started? Or have you already set more goals for yourself than you care to admit-but keep failing to reach them?
It’s time for a new way of thinking. Change your MINDSET, and see how many Goals you can push through!! This is what I want to talk about this month. It’s a New Year and time for a New Way of thinking. Last year, I missed several goals. As I reflect back on them I realize I did not follow these steps that I want to share with you.
This year will be different. I have my Passion Planner ready for ACTION. See that’s the deal, putting pen to paper is a MUST. Period! Click Here for Referral. Then sharing your goal with someone who will Encourage you to complete these GOALS is also important. As I start out the year, I look at four to five areas of my life: Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Family and Business. I try to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal for each one. Then, I will create my number one PUSH GOAL from these. Chalene Johnson is my mentor for goal setting and establishing my PUSH GOAL. You can listen to her podcast How to WORK your Daily Plan? and create a system that works for YOU! You are the only ONE that can achieve your goals. No one else can do it for you.
Here is an example for a Physical GOAL, following S.M.A.R.T.!
No matter how big or small your goal-whether it’s losing 5 or 50 pounds, walking a mile or running your first marathon-making change requires planning and S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.
Follow these guidelines to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and you will be surprised at what you can do:
- Specific. Your goal should be clear and easy to understand.
- A common goal, “get healthy,” is too general. There are so many ways to get healthy. How do you want to do it? Is it losing weight? Start exercising? Stop smoking? Break it down and it will be easier to manage.
- Let’s pick weight loss and make a S.M.A.R.T. goal out of it together. For example, “I will lose weight.”
- Measurable. A goal to “lose weight” is not enough. How will you track your progress and how you will know when you have reached your goal? Making your goal measurable means adding a number.
- Attainable. Before you can add a number, you have to know how high or low you want to go. It’s good to ‘shoot for the stars’, but don’t be too extreme. Likewise, a goal that is too easy is also not very motivating. Only you know your limits.
- Let’s take our goal above. What percentage is attainable for you? Research suggests that a 5-10% weight loss is attainable for most overweight people.
- A measurable, attainable goal could be, “I will lose 7% of my body weight.”
- Relevant. Set goals that are important to where you are in your life right now. Don’t set a goal that someone else is pressuring you to attain-that isn’t very motivating.
- Examine our goal so far. Does it seem relevant to you? If so, let’s keep going. If you are not concerned about weight loss or this is not a good time in your life to focus on that, choose something that IS motivating to you.
- Time-bound. Include an end-point. Knowing that you have a deadline motivates you to get started.
- Since healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, set your deadline accordingly. For our example we can use 3 months. “I will lose 7% of my body weight in 3 months.”
Now we have a S.M.A.R.T. goal! With a goal like this, it’s a good idea to set a few more action-oriented S.M.A.R.T. goals so that you have a game plan. Here are a few examples:
- I will walk 5 days every week for 30 minutes each.
- I will drink water instead of soda every day this week.
- I will bring my lunch to work instead of eating out 4 days this week.
Becoming a better version of you starts by being S.M.A.R.T. and it starts today! Don’t let another day of this new year pass by without setting your goals. We all know how quickly a year can go by and if we haven’t taken the time to establish meaningful objectives for ourselves to accomplish within the year then we are simply coasting. I assure you that you will feel better about yourself a year from now when you are reflecting back on 2016 and you are able to evaluate your accomplishments. Are we going to hit every goal we set for ourselves? Maybe not, but if we have a focus and we are working everyday, passionately, about what we want to achieve then we stand a much better chance of feeling successful. It’s truly about commitment which means to make a dedicated pledge to follow through everyday–whether is good, bad or ugly–you follow through!
This is why I choose to focus on areas in my life (Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Family and Business) that I can set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals for. If you don’t know where to start then let’s get together! I would love to walk this journey with you!