It’s Time to get SMART about Goal Setting
“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
~Diana Scharf Hunt
In a crazy, busy world, Goals can help us achieve the life we want, they energize us, guide us through the process and hold us accountable. Goal setting can be used in numerous areas of our life but for this article we’ll focus on health and wellness.
“Realistic and inspiring plans also provide the framework for people to improve their health, fitness and wellness.”
To begin with, I’ve included this downloadable form to help guide you in the goal setting process.
- Brainstorm: How do you envision your life? Where you want to go? Write down your ideas and thoughts. Make this fun. Use colored markers, sharpies, a unique journal, etc. This is your time to dream.
- Look through your ideas and prioritize by what’s most important to you.
- As you prioritize, think about your motivation behind your dreams. Studies show the more you are motivated by an intrinsic motivator (personally rewarding behavior, something that is emotional and important to you) vs and extrinsic motivator (motivated by rewards or to avoid punishment), the more likely you will succeed.
- Turn your ideas/thoughts into actionable goals. Use the SMART system. Goals should be:
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Action-based
- R – Realistic
- T – Time-lined
- Once you have your goals written down, keep them in a safe place where you can check them weekly. Start with 3-4 goals and don’t begin new ones until you’ve reached the current ones. You can also classify your goals by Yearly, Monthly and/or Weekly goals. Don’t go further than 1 year out because we often feel discouraged at the lengthy timeline to reach goals further than a year out.
A Wellness Coach can also assist you with reaching your goals. If you would like more information on a free coaching demo, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck. Check back for more information and forms to help you reach your goals.