I used to set dumb goals for years! I’d say things like “I’m going to write a book” or “I’m going to lose weight”.

Why are those dumb goals? Well they don’t have enough detail for one. There’s nothing in either statement that motivated me, and just the thought of “losing” weight freaks out a control freak like me that needs to know where all her stuff is!

I can’t pinpoint the exact time I wizened up, but I can tell you that ever since I made my goals SMARTer, I’ve been on a one woman-non-stop-goal-getting train ride! Wanna jump aboard? Let me tell you how!

If you’ve never heard of SMART goals before, prepare to become more educated! SMART Goal with cap

SMART is an acronym for a writing your goals in a way that sets you up for success!

Specific        Clearly state what you will do.

Measurable  Lets you know when you reach your goal.

Achievable   Something that you can actually do and accomplish and that is in your reach.

Relevant      Tells how this goal connects to your vision.

Time Bound  A deadline that matters, when you want to reach your goal.

Okay let’s see how this SMART Goal thing works using the “losing weight” example

First, you want to say your goal in a positive way. (Losing anything is depressing!) So pick a goal weight.

  1. Specific –I will weigh 135 pounds.
  2. Measurable-If you’re 150 pounds, you will know the difference when you hit 135!
  3. Achievable- (Think Attainable and Actionable) I will weigh 135 pounds, and I will reach my goal weight by working out 4 times per week, eating more vegetables and fruits, cutting out sweets, cutting down on carbs and drinking 64 ounces of water a day.
  4. Relevant- I will weigh 135 pounds, and I will reach my goal weight by working out 4 times per week, eating more vegetables and fruits, cutting out sweets, cutting down on carbs and drinking 64 ounces of water a day. This is important to me because I want to be healthier and have the energy to live a more active lifestyle. When I hit my goal weight, I will have the stamina I need to keep up with my son.
  5. Time Bound-I will weigh 135 pounds, and I will reach my goal weight by working out 4 times per week, eating more vegetables and fruits, cutting out sweets, cutting down on carbs and drinking 64 ounces of water a day. This is important to me because I want to be healthier and have the energy to live a more active lifestyle. When I hit my goal weight, I will have the stamina I need to keep up with my son. I will reach my goal weight in 6 months on August 8, 2016.

Check out the way each statement builds on the previous one. Just writing it this way creates motivation. Now that’s a SMART goal!

Okay, you try it. Pick a goal that you’ve been talking about doing for a while and apply the SMART goal formula. Want a little help figuring it out- request a Discovery Session and we’ll chat about it!

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