5 Steps To Setting a SMART Goal
How do you set your goals when it comes to your health and happiness? Goals provide focus, enhance productivity, and increase commitment. When you set effective goals you’ll achieve more. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.! Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
When setting a goal, clearly outline the steps needed to achieve it while minimizing overwhelm. These 5 steps can be applied to any goal big or small.
1. IS THIS GOAL SPECIFIC?
Be as detailed as possible. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to reach the goal.
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Who’s involved, if anyone?
What do you want to accomplish?
When? Where? Why?
What requirements and constraints exist, if any?
For example, “I want to eat healthier” is not specific enough and might feel unmanageable. However, “I want to eliminate processed foods and foods with added sugar starting April 1 for 30 days” is more specific and defined, which will allow you to take actionable steps toward reaching the goal.
2. IS THIS GOAL MEASURABLE?
Establish a criteria and timeline to measure your progress. How will you know when the goal is achieved? Create a checklist of steps and check off each item as it’s completed.
3. IS THIS GOAL ATTAINABLE?
When you clearly identify your goal, you can embody the attitudes, abilities, and skills to reach it successfully. We often get caught up in what we think we should be doing instead of going after our core desires. Make sure your goals align with your future vision and authentic self.
4. IS THIS GOAL REALISTIC?
You must be willing and able to work toward your goal. How committed are you? Have you done something similar in the past? What do you need to do to achieve the goal? Be honest with yourself about your available time and energy and plan accordingly. Make sure your goal is challenging enough to inspire and motivate you.
5. IS THIS GOAL TIMELY?
Anchor your goal with a deadline and create a calendar leading up to it with all the steps you need to take to reach your goal mapped out.