We are all guilty. You set a goal, start off great and slowly over time it fizzles out. What is it in our nature that causes us to act this way? Some people claim ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), others claim they are too busy or the goal was just too big to start. Either way the list is short of those people who set goals and complete them consistently. If you are one of those people, no need to continue reading 🙂
Let’s break the mold! The next time you have a specific goal related to weight loss, your overall wellness or any other area of your life try using the SMART approach!
Many times we get caught up with big picture goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to start running.” Be as specific as you can with your goals. For example, your goal could be “I want to lose 5 pounds by July 4th” or “I want to train for a 5K scheduled July 4th weekend.” The more specific the better.
How will you measure the goal? Weight loss is obvious, but training for a race or other physical activity could be broken down into even smaller goals. “I want to run one mile per day for a week” or “I want to lose 1 pound per week by eating 1900 calories per day.”
Is your goal attainable? Odds are, you are not going to be ready for a marathon in 6 weeks if you have never run a mile. Try not to set yourself up for failure by setting unattainable goals.
Some of the other sites substitute “realistic” for relevant. I believe both can apply. Is your goal relevant or realistic to your situation?
Last, set a time frame to meet your goal. A goal without a deadline is really just a suggestion.
One last tip that is not included in this approach is to write your goals down. By writing them down you are committing yourself to those goals.
What goals will you set today?