Successful Goal Setting

Another year is fast approaching and with that comes goal setting. It is time for a fresh start and this is the year we will achieve our goals. Have you said that to yourself this previous year or maybe in years past and come up short? If so, you aren’t alone. I know this because I am someone who has! Below are a couple of goals I have heard over the years:

 

1. Get healthy.

2. Exercise more.

3. Lose weight.

 

Have you found yourself setting such goals? While these are great things to aspire towards there is a tiny problem. They are kind of vague. That¬† brings me to my main topic and how we can be successful with our goals.¬† It’s called S.M.A.R.T. goals! So what is S.M.A.R.T. Lets take a look:

S: Specific M: Measurable A: Attainable (who really likes to fail right?) R: Realistic T: Timely

Now lets take a look at a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

  • Specific : I will lose 10 pounds.
  • Measurable: I will weight myself on Saturday morning first thing (after bathroom of course) to measure my weight loss.
  • Attainable: I will walk or jog 4 miles five times per week (~100 calories/mile for 150# person so 2000 calories savings/week). I will cut out one soda/day (~140 per soda so 980 calories savings/week). I will switch out my 2 cups of 2% milk with 2 cups of skim milk in the morning ( 560 calorie savings/week). Total: 3540 calorie savings/week.
  • Realistic: These are small changes that are realistic for me.
  • Timely: I will lose 10 pounds in ~ 2.5 months. This is about 1 pound a week which also realistic and healthy for me.

By really narrowing down on our goals and being specific in what we WANT we are more apt to attain these goals. Most importantly, make goals for yourself that you truly want and are willing to work for! By being realistic and willing to do these work we are more likely to turn these new habits into lifelong habits.

So tell me… what is YOUR S.M.A.R.T. goal?