Have you ever wondered why some people seem to succeed in almost everything they do? The answer is simple; they make a plan and set goals. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, getting married, or getting a promotion, they set goals. They get creative by putting pen to paper and formulating a plan to achieve their goals. Not just any goals, but SMARTER goals.
SMARTER stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound, Evaluate and Review. Goal setting is an important and powerful part of health and success when implemented carefully. Let’s take a closer look at the seven components of SMARTER goals…
1. Goals must be SPECIFIC
Having vague and undefined goals makes success extremely difficult to achieve. How will you know you’ve reached your goal if you can’t define it? An example of a vague goal would be to get in shape. A specific objective is more detailed and answers the 6 “W” questions; who, what, where, when, what, why.
An example of a specific goal would be: I will lose 25 lbs in 3 months by joining a women’s gym, working out 3 days a week, and reducing my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day. Your goals should be well defined and clear. They should reflect exactly what you want to achieve.