Every year right after Christmas we sit down and write goals to start off the New Year.
And every year those goals get lost a couple of months later – at least for a lot of us.

So this year maybe change the way you set goals and get SMART about it.

SMART has been around since 1981 when George Doran wrote about it in …

Setting goals using SMART is different in that it brings some structure to your goal setting.

With SMART you are no longer just putting your goal on paper – you are also providing steps or a road map to acheive that goal.

So what Does SMART Stand for? Well glad you asked:

S= Specific
M= Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Timely

Starting with the S for Specific – Our goals need to be very specific. Ask yourself what it is that you want to achieve with this goal.

For this example Ill use weight loss. So instead of saying my goal is to lose some weight this year. You would put down something more specific such as I want to lose 5 lbs by eating healthier and going to yoga three times a week.

The more specific the better. However you don’t necesarily want to put in a deadline but you do need to commit to the process.

And the process in this example is going to yoga three times a week and eating a healthier diet.

If you set a deadline such as I want to lose 5 pounds in 30 days following the above example and you are commited and stick to your plan and you get to day 30 and have only lost 4 lbs. You might think that you failed since you hit the deadline and didnt reach the goal.

In reality if you commited and actually stuck to your process then you have succedded. And you should feel good about what you have done instead of being upset about that 1 pound.

Ok on to the M

Your goals need to be Measurable. You need to be able to

Sticking with the example above… losing 5 pounds is a measurable goal – but a more important measurement would be making sure you are going to yoga 3 times a week.

A stands for Attainable. Your goal has to be realistic and attainable/achievable. It can’t be something that is so far out of the question that you would give up on it becuase the results are so far out.

For example if you said your goal was to lose 20 lbs – starting with that number is alot further away and harder to get to than 5 lbs. Your goal can still be to lose 20 lbs but in order to get to that you first have to lose 5.

That leads to the next letter – R

Your goal has to be Relevant. Why is this important to you. The real motivation has to be there and go hand in hand with your over all goals. If it doesn’t its just one more thing that will take you off track.

The more relevant and important it is to you the more likely you are to stay on point and get to that goal.

The last letter is T

T = Timely. There needs to be a timeline for tracking and it has to also be realistic. Saying you want to lose 5 lbs in 2 days is not a realistic goal.

But again commit to the plan – the results will come – sticking with eating healthy and going to yoga 3 times a week – after 30 days you will be in a much better spot than you were to start with Whether you lose 3 or 4 pounds but not 5.