In my last blog, I discussed Accountability Partners which made me think of how to set goals. Most of you have probably heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, but some of you might not have. Either way, it’s a good method to look at from time to time as a reminder of whether or not we are on the right track.
I learned about SMART goals years ago in my HR days which I still apply throughout the year, but specifically when I am creating my vision board at the beginning of the year. So, let’s start with what it means.
Specific: Your goals should be clear and specific. At this point you should answer the following questions:
-What do I want to accomplish?
-Why is this goal important to me?
-Who is involved?
-Where is it located?
-What resources or limits are involved?
Example: “ I want to lose 12lbs”
Measurable: It is important to have measurable goals to track your progress and stay motivated. A measurable goal should address questions such as:
-How will I know when it is accomplished?
Example: “I want to lose 12lbs in 6 months from today”
Attainable: Your goal should challenge you, but still remain possible.
-How can I accomplish this goal?
-How realistic is this goal based on constraints?
Example: “Do I have the time to set aside to meal prep and workout?” “What is my budget to purchase healthy ingredients?”
Realistic: This step ensures that the goal matters to you.We all need support in achieving our goals, but it’s important to retain control over them. A realistic goal will answer “YES” to the following questions:
-Does this seem worthwhile?
-Is this the right time for this goal?
-Does this match my needs?
Timely: Every goal needs a target goal so that you have a deadline to focus on and work toward. This step helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your long term goal.
Timely goals will be able to answer these questions:
-What can I do in 6 months from now?
-What can I do in 6 weeks from now?
-What can I do today?
Example: “How long will it take me to lose 12lbs?” “Do I need to lengthen the amount of time I’m giving myself?”
Once you have these goals and questions in place, it's time to take action! Good luck and remember…. Don’t Sweat It….You’ve got this!