Sunday, July 27, 2014

SMART Goals

Here is Z's Transformational Tuesday post about making SMART goals:
Today we're talking SMART goals. Have you set any for the next 12 weeks? Are you including goals that relate to what's important in your life, not just food & fitness? Are your goals in writing? To set yourself up for success, check if they are:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Relevant
Timely
SPECIFIC
You know your goal is specific if it answers these questions:
WHO: Who will be involved in helping you reach your goal (including yourself)?


WHAT: What exact goal do you want to accomplish? Be very specific. Rather than "lose weight" or "get fit," define those terms: "I will lose 25 pounds," or "I will be able to run a 5K."
WHEN: When will you start and when will you reach your goal?
HOW: How will you make this happen? These are the action steps to get you toward your goal. If you want to lose 25 pounds in 6 months, your "how's" might look something like: I will eat between 1,500 and 1,800 calories each day; I will exercise for 30 minutes 5 days per week; I will track my food and calories burned each day; and I will pack my lunch at least 3 days of the week.
MEASURABLE
Your goal is measurable if you can find a way to quantify your success using real numbers. Some examples of measurable goals might be pounds lost, a positive change in blood work numbers, or fitness minutes accumulated.
ATTAINABLE
To determine whether your goal is attainable, ask yourself honestly if you believe you can achieve it and have all the resources (including time) available to make it happen. Do you have (or will you be able to obtain) all the support, equipment, knowledge and resources needed to put your goals into action? Does this goal fall in line with your other priorities in life? If not, how can you revise your goal to make it more realistic?
RELEVANT
To determine if your goal is relevant, ask yourself why you want to achieve it. So you can feel more confident? Be a good example to your kids? Or live a longer, healthier life? These whys are important because they will serve as your motivation throughout the process.
TIMELY
If you don't put a deadline on your goal, it will be difficult to know how to pace yourself to reach it. Every goal should have a date, which will help you stay on track. In addition, set up a few benchmarks, or "mini-deadlines" to keep you on track to reaching your big-picture goal and keep yourself accountable.

Culled from Sparkpeople.com 

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