Tips to Setting Smart Goals
We all have dreams and things we want to accomplish, whether it’s crossing items off our bucket list, growing our businesses, or losing weight. Unless we tie these to actual goals, how will we accomplish them? Start by creating SMART goals; SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely.
A general goal is more likely to fall by the wayside, while a specific goal has a chance of realization. In order for a goal to be specific, you need to be able answer a few questions. Who is involved? What will you accomplish? Where will you accomplish it? When will you accomplish it? Which requirements and constraints do you face? Why is it important? If your goal is to lose weight, which is a general goal, you can make it more specific by setting the goal as buying the 21-Day Fix program, and following it for 21 days.
The next requirement is that the goal be measurable. You need to have solid criteria for measuring your progress toward a specific goal. Measuring your progress helps you to reach your milestones, stay focused and give you those little wins to propel you toward the finish line. Ask yourself how much, how many, and when will I accomplish his specific goal. Sticking with the weight loss strategy, will you measure the goal by the number of inches you lost, the number of pounds lost, or the number of 21 day fix rounds you do?
Is the goal attainable? If the goal is to complete the 21 Day fix and isn’t tied to weight loss number, the goal is attainable. However, if your goal is general and focuses on a weight loss number, it may not be attainable, at least not with one round of the 21 Day fix.
In order for a goal to be realistic, it needs to be something you are able and willing to work. If the goal is too high, it may not be realistic. For example loosing 100lbs in 21 days is extremely unrealistic. On the other hand, it is realistic to expect that you can and will follow the program for 21 days.
Goals need to be timely and or tangible. There has to be a period within which the goal will be accomplished. If the time frame is open ended you may never achieve the goal. A time-frame gives the goal urgency and immediacy. It’s a tangible goal if you can see, smell, or touch the end result. If completing the 21 day fix is your specific goal, it is both timely and tangible.
So, next time you sit down to do a little goal setting remember a SMART goal is an achievable goal.