Are You Using SMART Goals?
Goal setting is something we have all heard about. In today’s world, this isn’t a new theory or idea. The issue is, many people don’t find it as useful as they should. They say they have goals, like losing 10 pounds, but they don’t know why they want to lose those pounds, how they will lose those pounds or in what timeframe they really want to accomplish the weight loss.
Goal setting isn’t just about the result. It’s about the road map that it provides to get you to where you really want to go. Why is goal setting so important? Why do we need to have a road map to get us where we want to go or to get to the end result?
Studies have shown that those who set goals are more likely to accomplish what they have set out to do. The most common type of goal is the SMART goal. SMART goals include the following:
– Specific: Be specific with your goals. The more specific your vision is and the more you can be specific with what you want, the more likely you are to achieve them.
– Measureable: You want to make sure you have an actual way to measure your goals. This will make them easier to obtain. Make them objective, not subjective.
– Attainable: Make sure you can actually reach your goal. The old saying, “Shoot for the moon and you will land amongst stars,” is a lie. Shooting for the moon will get you one place, and that isn’t far. When we see a mountain, we usually quit before we get started.
– Relevant: Your goals must be relevant to you, your life, and your needs. You need to set goals for yourself that mean something to you, not someone else.
– Timely (time-related): You have to put a timeline on your goal. You can’t just say that you want to do something; give yourself a deadline. This will help with procrastination.
Goal: “I’m going to lose weight this year.”
Better Goal: “I’m going to lose weight so I can feel better this year.”
Best Goal: “I’m going to lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year so I can fit back into my favorite jeans. I’m going to start by losing 10 lbs. in the next 90 days by eating less junk food, quitting soda, and getting to the gym at least 4 days a week.”
Whether you use SMART goals or another system to set your goals, it’s important that you do it. You have a goal, something that you are working towards. It may seem daunting but taking the time to really consider what you want, why you want it, and how you will get it is an important step towards success.
Don’t quit before you truly get started. Make goal setting a regular part of your health, fitness, personal and professional life. Stop just “seeing what happens” and start making things happen!