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Tips for *SMART* Goal-Setting

Posted Apr 13 2010 9:16am
Set yourself up for success by setting goals. For anything in life! Start with small realistic goals that lead up to a big goal. In order to be successful, be S.M.A.R.T. about your goal setting
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Specific: With a specific goal you will have a much better chance of accomplishing it than if you have just a general goal. For instance, say you want to eat more fruits and vegetables. That’s your general goal. A more specific goal would be to add an additional fruit or veggie to at least two meals each day.

Measurable: Set goals that you can see and track. Set a time frame to meet your goal and monitor your progress along the way. This will keep you focused on accomplishing your goal.

Attainable: Strive for goals that you can meet, but that stretch you a bit. Set goals frequently and create a plan to achieve your goal within a reasonable time frame. Another tool for making your goals attainable is to elicit the help of friends. Creating goals with a friend or friends adds another dimension of responsibility and can help you stay motivated.

Realistic: Be realistic when you set your goals. Goals shouldn’t be too easy or too hard. Cutting out sweets altogether may not be realistic for you. Too drastic of goals are not necessarily smart either. Treating yourself to dessert after dinner on two days each week instead of each night is a more realistic goal.

Timely: As mentioned before, set time frames for your goals. Without time frames there’s no sense of responsibility for completion of your goal. Another thing to consider is whether your goals are short-term goals or long-term goals. Establishing both is a good idea. Short-term goals could be goals you wish to accomplish today or this week. Long-term goals could be goals you wish to accomplish within the next six months or within the next year. Long-term goals may be reached by first achieving your short-term goals. And don’t forget to reward yourself along the way!

What kind of things have you set goals for lately? Have your New Year's Resolutions held up so far? Spring is a great time to get yourself back in gear!
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