We’ve welcomed a new decade and now is a great time to take a moment to set a few personal goals to help guide your progress in the new year. But for many of us, setting goals can seem like a challenge because we maybe didn’t learn an effective way to guide our goal setting. Never fear, we have an awesome tool to help you make the kind of goals you know you can achieve. Enter, the SMART goal system!
S – Specific | M – Measurable | A – Attainable | R – Realistic | T – Timely
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
Ex. Instead of “Get in shape”, a better goal is “Join the healthclub near my house and commit to enjoying time there 3 days per week for the next 3 months”. -or- Instead of “Eat at home more,” try “Cook healthy meals at home on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday each week”.
Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
Ex. Think of your food journal. It is a tool used to accurately track your choices and progress with your SlimGenics Program. When setting goals, we need to also think about how we measure our progress and evaluate areas where we can improve things. So, if your goal is to join a gym and go 3 days a week, perhaps mark in your phone’s calendar the days you have gone so you can see in real-time if you need to commit more to your goal or if you are on-track to achieving your goal.
Attainable – You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
Ex. When setting a goal, take a moment to consult with yourself honestly about how achievable that goal is. If you feel as though a goal may be too large, break it down into pieces that build up to your bigger goal. For example, a goal such as running a marathon may mean setting smaller goals such as running a mile, then running three miles and so on and so forth. Ask yourself, is this goal attainable and how can I break it down into parts so that I can commit to achieving this?
Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
Ex. Setting goals is essential to long-term success, happiness and progress but sometimes, we need to have a talk with ourselves about making sure that our goals are something that make sense in the context of our lives. If you decide to become an astronaut in a week, then you may need to be more realistic about the timeline on that. If you want to save $5k in 3 months for an item you’ve always wanted, it may take sitting down to look at your budget to determine if perhaps 6 months is a more realistic timeline.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency.
Ex. I am the first person to admit that I have made serious goals and then let myself off the hook by not following up. Without a specific and realistic time frame, then we can let complacency and just life in general to take us further from the goals that we know matter to us. So, when setting a goal, ask yourself “How long should this reasonably take me?” Remember the healthclub goal from earlier? I know that I can’t be militant about starting a relationship with a gym so I break it up into smaller time-based goals such as “I will go twice a week the first two weeks. The third week, I will then start going three times a week. I won’t set specific days because I like flexibility. And this way, I know I can build up to my goal in a reasonable time frame and also not burn myself out before I set the new habit in place. Did you know new habits take at least 90 days to become set?
Now, let’s use our new SMART goal tool to think about what we really want for ourselves in 2020 and then make easy-to-follow roadmaps for how to build to new and greater successes. What are your goals? To help cement them in place, feel free to share them and we can all check in on them as we go along! Here’s to a wonderful year, everyone!!!