Hi! If you are anything like me, you may have set a goal or two in your life that you did not see to completion. It’s not the best feeling in the world and it sure as hell isn’t uncommon. It’s true, goal setting can be an invaluable tool in unlocking your potential, but it can also be a self-destructive tool if you aren’t setting SMART ones.
I’m not talking about goals that make you smarter, although for some of us reading a book or two every now and then wouldn’t hurt, I am talking about these:
Ever hear of them before? Maybe, Maybe not. This is something that has proven to be a success in client after client that I coach, because of just how in depth you must go to set this goal. Let’s try it together.
Goal: Lose 5 pounds in 1 month
SMART Goal: I am losing 5 pounds by April 18, 2017 by walking 5 days per week for 30 minutes per day.
What a difference huh? You can almost feel the vision in the SMART goal versus the previous goal that sounds just about as promising as walking up the stairs after leg day pain free… NOT promising at all.
So let’s break down this SMART goal.
Specific – What (5 pounds) How (walking 30 minutes 5 days per week) When (By April 18, 2017)
Measurable – 5 pounds
Attainable – Walking 5 days per week for 30 minutes per day.
Realistic – Yes. Losing 1-2 pounds per week is a healthy and safe way to lose weight.
Time Bound – By stating the date, April 18, 2017 this goal is time bound.
Pretty simple and makes the world of difference when it comes to goal setting. All it takes is a little more time and thought, but in the long run, what is that worth to you if it meant hitting your goal this time? No more starting over on Monday. No more excuses when people ask how it’s going. No more missed marks.
Other things to consider when writing your SMART goals:
Write in the present tense – Write it as if it is currently happening. Use words such as I am instead of I will.
Keep it affirmative – Why be anything else? You get enough negativity from the world around you don’t let this be the same.
Build on core values – Stay true to who you are in your goals. They should be an extension of who the ultimate YOU is.
In closing, lack of setting SMART goals can be the exact reason you have not been successful in your behavior change just yet. Guess what though? NOW, you have everything you need to step back from the dumb goal and step towards the SMART goal, pen in hand and ready to show that goal who’s boss. Let’s see what you got. Go get em SMART-y pants!