Setting goals is a great tool you can use when you are on a journey to better health. Not only can they help you focus your efforts but they can also help you track your progress. That is if they are SMART goals.
What are SMART goals?
They are goals that are structured to be
A goal that is specific has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you should answer the six "W" questions:
Who: Who is involved in the goal?
What: What do you want to accomplish?
When: What is the time frame?
Which: Requirements and constraints.
Why: What are the reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal?
A goal should be able to be measured. How else are you going to know if you accomplished it?
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask the following:
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Goals need to be reasonable and achievable. Don't set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are out of reach. It is good to set goals that are realistic with some challenge but not so far out of reach that they are impossible to achieve. Set goals that are unrealistic and you are just setting yourself up for failure.
Goals need to be realistic. It's important to honestly evaluate yourself. Do you have the ability and commitment to reach the goal? Or does it need a little adjustment?
Goals need to have a time frame. Having a set amount of time will give your goals structure. A goal without an end date has no sense of urgency, no reason to take any action today. Having a specific time frame gives you the motivation to get started. It also helps you monitor the progress you are making.