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Setting SMART Goals

Now I know that’s setting goals is a challenging task, and the information in my last article is a lot to cram into your head at once. Thankfully, there’s an easier way to remember how to set SMART goals and New Year’s Resolutions. The acronym “SMART” is all you need.

STANDS FOR SPECIFIC

Always make your goals easy to understand and straight to the point. Tell who is going to help you, what you are going to do, where and when you are going to do it, and why it is important to you. You can’t just say you are going to lose weight by going on a diet. Tell who is going to be your coach, what you will allow in your diet, where and when you will start and why you want to do it in the first place. Give details and step-by-step instructions so that it is easy to follow through.

STANDS FOR MEASURABLE

Every goal needs to be measurable. There needs to be a start and a finish. How do you measure your success? You need to make goals that have visible progress and a clear finish line. When you can see your success, you know you are doing something right.

STANDS FOR ACHIEVABLE

Each and every goal needs to be achievable. If you want to get an A in Chemistry, then you are going to have to work at it, but the point is that it is possible. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, but also know your limits. Ask yourself, ‘How am I going to do this?’ If you can answer that question, you are good to go.

STANDS FOR REALISTIC

Don’t set goals that can’t be accomplished. Reaching for an unrealistic goal is like chasing a rainbow. You will never catch up to it. Give yourself a reality check and make sure your goal is in line with what you want to accomplish this year.

STANDS FOR TIMELY

Each of your goals needs a beginning and an end. Where will you start. When will you hit that 200 meter mark. And when will you cross that finish line. When there is no timeline, it is harder to gage your success and you could lose motivation for your goal. Don’t do that. I know you can succeed.

Well, I hope that was helpful. Remember, when making your New Year’s Resolutions or any other goals, think SMART! Go accomplish what YOU want to accomplish, and have fun while doing it!