As one year comes to an end and another year begins, this is a great time to reflect on where you are in terms of your personal goals. Do you want to be more active in 2019? Eat more fruits and vegetables? Or maybe you want to take steps towards a more personal milestone, like buying a car or that promotion at work. All of these resolutions start at one place: setting your goal. The key to setting the perfect goal is to make it a SMART goal. SMART Goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
Check out the tips below and get to setting your goal today!
Specific – When thinking about your goal, you need to make sure it is specific enough so that you can easily track your progress. For example, instead of saying “I want to run more,” try starting your goal with “I want to run a 5K.”
Measurable – When your goal is measurable, not only can you track your progress much easier, but you can then measure just how far you’ve come since starting your goal! An easy way to make things measurable is to use a tangible measuring tool, like distance, time, or number of workouts. To run with our running example, saying “I want to run a 5K” gives you a tangible measurement of 5K to work towards.
Achievable – This step in the goal setting process helps us set a goal that is realistic for where we are currently in life. Normally, it is not achievable to go from running occasionally to running a marathon in a month – you have to set your goal within your bounds. If running a marathon is your eventual goal, that is amazing! But break it down into smaller goals first so that you can build up to that marathon in a healthy way.
Relevant – Much like the achievable step, it is important to think about how relevant your goal is to your overall goals in life. This is also known as “finding your why” for your goal. Do you want to run to improve your cardiovascular health? Do you want to run a race to raise money for a charity close to you? Whatever that “why” is, set it as an intention for yourself, so that if you find yourself demotivated, you can revisit your “why” to get back on track.
Time-bound – Give yourself a deadline! It’s easy to say you are going to do something, but if you put a deadline on it, there will be more accountability on your end to reach that goal. So to finish our running goal, a perfect SMART goal would be: “I will run a 5K by the end of April by training 2 days a week. I want to achieve this goal because I want to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association through their 5K race.”
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