By Coach Meredith
With the beginning of a new year, we typically set new resolutions or goals for ourselves to achieve throughout the year. Hopefully by now you have already begun your process in attaining those goals. If you haven’t, I’d like to talk about setting SMART goals. What are SMART goals?
SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, Time-Oriented
Goals are really outcomes – what we want to have happen. The actions that will get us to our goals are action objectives. Let’s say for example your goal is to lose 35 lbs by July 31st. What would your action objectives be? – Maybe it would be walking for 30 minutes 3 times per week. Or maybe it would be incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet.
That being said, “I want to lose 35lbs by July 31st” is still not a SMART goal. Why?
--It does not state the action taken to achieve the goal.
“I will lose 35lbs by July 31st by increasing my exercise (walking) to 30 minutes 3 times per week.”
– This IS a SMART goal. It details what you want to achieve, how you want to achieve it, and by when.
SMART goals can be long-term or short-term and can be broken down into other smaller goals before achieving the ultimate goal.
Unsure of what goals you should be setting for yourself? Talk to one of the coaches today! We are happy to help you figure out what goals you should be setting.