It’s a new year and many people are aiming to make healthier choices to improve themselves. Whether that is to lose 10 lbs., start exercising more, or eat a clean diet, it’s definitely easier said than done. Setting goals is an important part of making lifestyle changes and the best way to actually achieve those New Year’s resolutions. A SMART goal is a way to hold yourself accountable and help you reach your goals in a more realistic manner. So what is a SMART goal anyway? SMART stands for:
S – specific, simple. Your goal should state exactly what you are trying to achieve without extra details that may complicate it. Exactly what do I want to accomplish?
M – measurable. The goal should be able to be monitored to see if you’re making progress. How many pounds do I want to lose?
A – achievable. Be realistic! Set goals that you know are possible to accomplish. Do I really have the time to drive to the gym every day to work out for 1 hour?
R – relevant. Is it something that YOU really want? Your goal should be worthwhile to you specifically. Is this goal actually important to me?
T – time-bound. Your goal should have a specific date/deadline to keep you accountable and help you stay focused. When do I want to complete this goal by?
Here is an example of a general goal turned into a SMART goal:
General goal: I want to lose weight.
S – I will lose 5 lbs
M – I will measure my weight on a weekly basis to stay on track with my weight loss
A – I will start with a small goal first and make gradual progress
R – This is important to me because I value my health
T – I will lose the weight by February 20th, 2017
By writing out a goal in this manner, it makes it a lot easier to know exactly what the goal is, how it will be achieved, and when it will be achieved. Let’s all aim to be the best versions of ourselves this year! What’s your SMART goal for 2017?