Well, here we are. A new year. Fresh and clean laid out before us. Now is the time to make those goals. As we do this keep in mind goals should be SMART! What is SMART? SMART is a way to make goals and stick to them.
S-Specific: As you make your goals be as specific as possible. Think who, what, when, where, how and why? It seems we all start the new year with “getting healthy” as a goal. This is a great goal but it is not specific. Specific would be getting healthy by going to the gym twice a week for the first 3 months then 3 times a week for the next 3 months. That is specific.
M-Measurable: Can your goal be measured? Is it through time? Amount? If it is a longer goal try setting milestones to achieve along the way.
A-Achievable: I want to be a supermodel and work on the beaches of Tahiti. NOT realistic! NOT achievable. I want to lose 100 pounds by my sister’s wedding in June. Again NOT realistic and NOT achievable. Setting a goal that is unattainable will only frustrate you and make you quit before even getting started.
R-Relevant: Goals should be important to you. Meaningful to YOU! Set a goal that you can invest yourself into! You will have greater success if a goal is one that you set and feel good about working towards.
T-Time-bound: Set your goals for a realistic time frame. If you extend it out too far the goal will become unimportant with the idea that you will have lots of time to accomplish your goal. You can set out year-long goals but as mentioned before setting milestones to hit along the way as to not stunt your progress.
Your goals for yourself should be written out. Share them with someone to keep you accountable and to check in from time to time. When a goal is reached be sure to celebrate! Treat yourself. Reward yourself. Work hard and reach those SMART goals!