I’m a big fan of lists. And I’m an even bigger fan of goal setting.
Now that we’re officially up and running in 2018, I wanted to chat with my followers about how to properly set goals. I watch ladies I work with time and time again say “I want to lose weight” or “I want to have a six pack” and then fail miserably at it…only to feel frustrated and somehow like they weren’t cut out to achieve their goals.
Not this year, ya’ll.
Let’s go back to my elementary school teaching days and let’s start setting SMART GOALS.
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable (or Achievable), Relevant (or Realistic) and Timely.
Define What You Want to Achieve
The first step to successfully achieving your goals is to carefully define them. A mistake people often make is jumping in and setting goals without clearly understanding WHY. You need to think about the benefits of achieving these goals and how you are going to feel when you accomplish them. YOUR WHY IS YOUR FUEL THROUGH ALL OF THE UPS AND DOWNS!!!
SMART goals are easy if you’re ready for action. But you must be open to change if you want to succeed. So let me ask you…are you ready?!
Good. Let’s do this.
How to Set a SMART Goal
1. Make it Specific
Once you have a goal in mind, define it in as much detail as possible. Think about the who, when, what, where, and why of each goal.
Instead of a general goal like “lose weight,” narrow it down to: Lose 15 pounds by working out after work three times a week. To do this, I need to commit four hours in my weekly schedule for this new activity, which will result in looking and feeling great for my upcoming wedding.
2. Make it Measurable
Define exactly how you will measure your progress in reaching your goal. For example, with a goal like the one above, you can weigh yourself weekly to monitor your progress. And then take action by marking the days you workout on a calendar with a big X, so you can chart your progress throughout the month.
3. Make it Attainable
Try to set goals that are just a little out of your comfort zone, but still realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure, which can lead to guilt, shame, and regret.
Instead of just trying to “eat better,” a goal could be to eat more fruits and vegetables or always have a bottle of water with me wherever I go.
4. Make it Relevant
To figure out the right goals to put on your “to do” list, you also need to decide what’s on your “not to do” list. Goals need to be personal and geared toward what works for you. Just because Susie is running a marathon, doesn’t mean you have to as well, if running is not your jam.
5. Make it Timely
Set the date that you want to accomplish your goals and set milestones along the way. Give yourself enough time, but not TOO much time. If you give yourself too much time to accomplish a goal, you might end up bored or lose focus.
Think carefully about what you want to accomplish before you set your SMART goals — setting yourself up for success should be the first goal on your list. Need help working on this?! I’d love to chat!!! Fill out the application below and let’s make 2018 the year where you ACHIEVE all that you desire!!!