S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-Bound
Whether it is with myself, my kids or my clients, we are always talking about goals. Everyone seems to have a good idea of what they want, but not sure how exactly to get there. If you start using the SMART principle it will make goal setting more successful.
For example, if you tell me your goal is to be healthy. I’ll tell you that’s great, but how are you going to measure that? What do you consider healthy? When do you want to be healthy by? And most importantly why do you want to be healthy? It is easy to say you want to do something, but it is harder to say why you want to accomplish that goal, and even harder to be completely successful. If you want to up the chance of succcess, try:
- Writing your goals down and put them up in your home or workplace
- Tell a friend
- Post them on social media
- Create a reward for reaching your goal
You can make your goals short term (4-8 week period) or longer (1 year or more). The goals can be modified if you meet them before your pre-determined date. Getting things done faster is not always best. Completing a goal and maintaining that goal is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Are you ready to challenge yourself with SMART goals? Make it something you really want. Know the reason why. Make your plan and get er’ done!
Stay happy, healthy and as always, keep moving!