Friday, January 2, 2015

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

It's that time of year again. During the new year most folks set resolutions or annual goals. My family has done it all from setting family goals to creating individual goals that were reevaluated weekly. Whatever the reason and method there's one thing that remains... The best goals are SMART goals!

See, it's easy to say something to the effect of, "my goal is to lose weight." However, that's not specific enough and doesn't include a plan. Goals without clarity or a plan are the hardest to reach. 

For instance, to lose weight this would be a well-developed SMART goal:

Specific: Lose 20 lbs.

Always start by writing down your specific goal(s). If goals aren't clear enough they're almost impossible to meet. In this example the goal is to lose 20 lbs. The following points outline the how:

Measurable: To lose 20 lbs. plan to lose 1 lb. weekly working out (30-60 mins.) 5 times every week and eating a reduced calorie diet of 1200 calories per day.

The measurable bullet point example gives you action-items with a clear & measureable (numbers) plan to follow in weekly, measureable increments.

Attainable: Lose 20 lbs. in 5 months 

Always give yourself a realistic time frame. Without one you could grow frustrated and quit on goals that were simply too unrealistic to reach.

Relevant: Lose 20 lbs. by eating healthfully 6 x per week , exercise 5 x per week, etc. 

Outlining a relevant plan aids your ultimate effort to meet a specific goal.

Time-bound: Lose 20 lbs. in 20 weeks

For best results, goals must have a realistic end-date. This ensures you remain on target. This also gives you something to look forward to and time to measure progress against.

What are your 2015 SMART goals?

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