GOALS! We all have them. Some are big; some are small. With the upcoming new year, this could be just the time for YOU to grasp the ones that have been out of reach. Setting goals comes with its fair share of challenges and often we set goals that are difficult to obtain-leading to disappointment, frustration, and what we deem as “failure”. I would love to share strategies on how to set individualized goals for yourself that can lead to BIG success.
Have you ever heard of a “S.M.A.R.T goal”?
The S.M.A.R.T model is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
Specific: Your goal should be written down and clearly define
what you are going to do. Specific is the What, Why, and How of the S.M.A.R.T. model. Be specific and clear to what you would like to pull into your life this upcoming year!
Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you can see your forward movement. Many times, we lose momentum because we think change is happening too slowly – but transformation takes time...be patient with yourself! The end goal can be broader but it is important to break big goals into smaller steps to increase success.
Achievable: Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but be defined well enough so that you can achieve them.
Relevant: What is your investment? Your goal should be worthwhile and meet your needs. At the same time, you can ask yourself: Is my goal in line with both my short term and long-term goals? This check-in will help you determine if you are on the right path.
Timely: Goals should have a timeline. While these timelines can be flexible, having a plan helps you to prioritize and stay committed!
Below are some ideas for health-related goals that follow the S.M.A.R.T. Model!
I commit to walking on my treadmill for 30 minutes 4 times a week. (The overall goal may be to “increase exercise” but this is more specific, says what type of exercise, the frequency, and a time frame within the goal.)
I commit to purchasing grapes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries at the store on Tuesday. I will wash them, cut them up, and put them in baggies for a healthy snack at work.
I commit to making Chicken Orzo Salad and Sweet Potato Enchilada’s on Sunday and using the leftovers for my lunches Monday-Friday. (The overall goal may be to slim down, but by incorporating healthy recipes, a timeline to make them, and a specific meal – you set yourself to start moving in the right direction!)
What goals will you focus on to jumpstart your wellness journey in 2018? We would love to hear how you are going to start your transformation!
-Be healthy, live well