Today we are going to talk about Learning To Set SMART Goals. If you really want to have success with goal-setting, you need to look at the process on how to set a “good goal”. By using the SMART Goal format, you will be able to create a goal statement that starts you on the way to success.
This is not my idea, this process is taught in many seminars and classes to help individuals and companies learn how to set goals that are achievable.
Let’s grab the note pad that we started to make a plan with. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out my post Hit The January Reset Button to walk you through the first step.
Learning To Set SMART Goals
What are SMART goals?
SMART goals are established using a specific set of criteria that ensure your goals are attainable. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
When writing a SMART goal, you work through each of those terms to build a goal that shares exactly what needs to be accomplished, when it needs to be accomplished, and how you’ll know when you’re successful.
Setting goals this way is helpful, because it eliminates generalities and guesswork, sets a clear finish line, and makes it that much easier to track progress
If you made your Problems/Goals list and broke them into categories, you are now ready to make a SMART Goal from those items. Chose one item from your list and let’s get started.
Let’s Break It Down By Letter
In order for a goal to be effective, it needs to be specific. That’s why the first letter of this acronym is dedicated to digging into those nitty-gritty details.
What exactly does it mean to be specific? A specific goal should answer questions like:
- What needs to be accomplished?
- Who is responsible for it?
- What steps will you take to achieve it?
Thinking through those questions will help you set a highly-specific goal.
Why is it important that goals be measurable? Well, quantifying your goals makes it that much easier to track progress and know when you’ve reached the finish line.
Goals should be empowering — not high pedestals from which you eventually tumble. That’s why this letter of the acronym is dedicated to ensuring that your goal is achievable
STOP! Time for a “Reality Check”.
Put simply, this is the point in the process when you give yourself a serious reality check. Is the goal you’ve outlined so far actually reasonable? Is it something you could realistically accomplish? If the answer is no- then you need to re-evaluate or break it down.
Nobody wants to set goals for the sake of setting them. There should be a real benefit attached to actually reaching that target.
That’s what’s meant by ‘relevant’ here. During this step, you evaluate why the goal is actually important to you. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to. If it is not important to you, let’s not waste valuable time working on it.
Goals can’t stretch into infinity – they need a deadline. That’s the important final piece of SMART goals. They need to be time-bound. It may be that the goal is too big and needs to be broken down into reasonable segments with start and finish dates.
SMART Goal Worksheet
Here is a worksheet that will help you mentally work through your goal, setting realistic expectations and deadlines.
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How Does A SMART Goal Look Like?
Let’s take my problem/goal from my note pad- LOSE 30 LBs
Specific-I would like to lose 30lbs by summer so that I can look and feel better in shorts/bathing suit
Measurable- I will take my body measurements the first day and re-check them at the end of each month. Plan to weigh in each day and keep a journal on weight loss progress for tracking and motivation.
Achievable- Standard weight loss is a 1-1 1/2 a week. I will be doing my Sugar Detox the first week which will result in an almost immediate 5lb lose. Start on 1/6 and finish on 6/1. 21 weeks (between 21 and 31.5 lbs). After the first week on my diet plan, I will be incorporating Keto/ Intermitting Fasting to speed weight loss in the beginning. I will be exercising at least 2 times a week from tennis and will incorporate a daily walking program into my weight loss plan to aid with weight loss.
Relevant-The weight loss will help me look better in my clothes, feel healthier, move easier when I exercise, and give me more energy. These are all extremely relevant to my lifestyle and overall health.
Time-Bound-I would really like to incorporate this into a lifestyle diet. My time frame for this goal is 1/6 start 6/1 end for measurable results.
Why Bother With A SMART Goal Statement?
A SMART Goal statement helps you create a goal that is realistic and within a time frame. You will know if you have a WIN. It also makes you look at each goal and create a plan on how you achieve the goal. Finally, it makes you take a HARD look at your goal and say “Am I really going to do this?”
Is One Of Your Goals To Lose Weight And Get Healthier?
Join me on the first step of my weight loss journey. Sugar Detox Week. After the first week, I completed the entire 21 Day Sugar Detox and ended up doing 3 cycles. I was very successful and felt great.
If you have a problem with sugar addiction, I recommend you start a sugar detox first. You need to get control over your sugar before you try other diets such as Keto.
Read about how to do a sugar detox in my post- How To Prepare For 21 Day Sugar Detox