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SMART Goals

Are you making S.M.A.R.T. goals?

by: Paul Lancaster

Have you ever told yourself the following statements?

-"I really need to……."

-"I want to start……..."

-"I wish I could……..."

Truth is, we all have most likely said one form of these statements before as we realize there is a change we'd like to make. It could be a small goal or something monumental. The question is "How are we doing with the changes we set out for ourselves and goals that we set?" How many people do you know that say, "I want to loose weight." so decide to go to the gym but it only lasts for a month or so and then the motivation/drive quickly fades? Then comes the frustration when the weight loss isn't going as well as they may have wanted.

That is where S.M.A.R.T. goal setting comes in handy. Perhaps you have heard of it before but thought, "what does it really mean?" or "how can I utilize the process in my everyday life?" While let's have some fun and break it down!!!

"S" this letter stands for "specific".

If a goal is too general it makes it easy to fall off track.

"M" stands for "measurable".

There must be some way for you to measure if the goal is being reached.

"A" stands for "attainable"

If you are 95 there is little chance you will get to be an astronaut and go to Mars.

"R" stands for "realistic".

Your goal should be able to be achieved.

"T" is the last letter and it stands for "time".

Your goal should have an end date as to when you wish to see it completed.

So let's make some goals and break them down to see if they are S.M.A.R.T. or not?:

1) A 75 year old man confined to a wheelchair says he wants to walk.

* A GREAT goal and he very well may however, the goal is not very measurable nor does it have any timeframe. Let's look at it from a S.M.A.R.T. goal philosophy!

1) He now says, "I want to be able to walk 500 meters in 6 months and will accomplish this with help from my physiotherapist. He wants to hold the parallel bars for support until his legs get stronger. He then wants to track his distance each week.

See the difference? Now the goal  is "S"pecific, "M"easureable, "A"ttainable, "R"ealistic and has a "T"ime frame.

The last letter not in there I feel is another "R" for REWARD. Be sure to have a reward in mind for yourself once your goal is achieved.

We would like to see you share some of your S.M.A.R.T. goals with us. You can do so by filling out the form below.


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