Goal Setting

It is the new year and along with that you are probably thinking about making some changes for the better.  I like the new year because it is a new opportunity to start something new.  It is an opportunity to get back to good nutritional habits, or pick up where you got lost along the way of a busy year.  This year, when you are setting a resolution, challenge yourself to think about it as setting a goal.  In this post, I hope to give you some direction when setting a goal.

When I was a school teacher we were asked to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal every year.  This goal had to be strategic and specific.  I am now removed many years from being a school teacher; however, I am thankful that I had the practice and experience in setting quality goals.  It is actually something that I have found useful in my daily life.

What are SMART goals

A Smart goal provides structure when setting goals to make sure they are achievable. A smart goal should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound.  These components of the goal will help you stay focused and committed. For example, if you have set a goal this year to lose weight: try to apply the principals of the S.M.A.R.T. goal to be more precise in your goal.

SMART Goal Example

My goal is to lose five pounds by March 1 of 2019.  I will achieve this goal by working with a macro coach and hitting my macro goals each day.  To keep on track, I will weigh myself 2 times per month to make sure that I am consistent with attaining my goal.

This goal is specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound.  Practice writing out some goals and then set your plan in action.  Happy goal setting!  Happy New Year!

 

setting strategic goals can increase your ability to meet a goal, S.M.A.R.T. goals can keep you focused and on track to meet your goal