SMART goals set you up for successposted by Brent Brown on March 23, 2021
Setting a goal can be the first step toward achievement.
With a goal in place, a standard has been set, and you understand where you want to go. To set goals in a way that helps you reach them, make them SMART goals:
Specific: Instead of making a goal to “eat healthier,” “stress less,” or “save more money,” aim for more specific goals, such as eating five fruits and vegetables daily, meditating for 20 minutes a day, or putting $20 a week in savings.
Measurable: Make a goal you can measure, such as “work my way up to running three miles by three months,” “sleep at least eight hours a day,” or “cut my social media time to a half hour a day.”
Attainable: Avoid aiming too high or too low. While it is good to push yourself, it is also smart to make sure a goal is one you can reach.
Realistic: Losing 10 pounds a week sounds great, but if a goal is one that is not possible for anyone to reach, you may give up too soon.
Trackable: Set goals that let you track progress. For example, if your goal is to lose 25 pounds in six months, record your progress once a month to make sure you are on track.
The goal-setting process
Goal setting is not a “once-and-done” event. It’s a process that should encourage action and change when needed.
- Step 1: Define your dream. These are your outcome goals.
- Step 2: Know where you are right now.
- Step 3: Decide what you need to develop. These are your priorities.
- Step 4: Make a plan for steady improvement. Include actions and affirmations.
- Step 5: Set and pursue short-term goals that will lead to long-term goals.
You have determined where you want to go — but how will you reach those goals? The key is to work backward from your goals to build habits. While goals are about the big picture, habits are the daily actions taken to help reach your goals. For example, imagine your goal is to lose 30 pounds in six months. Your habits could be to walk for 30 minutes a day, eat five fruits and vegetables daily, and cut out fast food, among other steps. Be sure to ask your doctor for advice on health goals.
Remember: goal-reaching is a process, not a perfect line. If unexpected events derail you, reset and keep moving forward.
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