How to set SMART goals.
I’m happy to introduce everyone to this lovely lady, Sam. She is an accountant by trade and a personal trainer by passion. Sam has a love for fitness, health, and creating incredible healthy food.
Hey, I’m Sam! A long time reader of Jill’s and a fellow blogger over at PancakeWarriors.com.
I’ve had a lot of changes occurring in my life lately, I just recently got my personal training license just like Jill. I was always so happy to have her motivate me through the process and this got me thinking about my goal setting. You see, achieving this goal was not a mistake, it took careful planning and dedication. Simply put, it’s all because I set a goal and followed through!
Goal setting is an important part of the change process. I think we’ve all been there, we have this big elaborate plan that doesn’t end up working out and we are not sure why. Or maybe we lose sight of that end goal, or it becomes less important. It’s not because the goal wasn’t achievable. It’s most likely that the goal itself was a bit more than you could chew.
If you frequent this blog very often, you know that Jill is a great motivator. It’s one thing when you have a great motivator every week to remind you to keep pushing forward. In addition to motivation, setting S.M.A.R.T goals is a great idea. You won’t get so discouraged and Jill will be your go-to for weekly motivation!
We can all celebrate together when you reach your goals!
I want to quickly walk you through setting SMART goals!
For any goal, I recommend writing it down. I’ll go even a step further and say add an end date to your calendar and share your goal with a loved one or friend. Having someone that knows you, can push you, remind you, and will hold you accountable.
The next step is to make sure that it’s a SMART goal. What’s a SMART goal you ask? It stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Let’s quickly go through each of these to make sure that we’re all on the same page.
- Specific – A definitive number, something that you can quantify. An example would be “I will lose 10 pounds or I will run 5 miles”. An example of a non-specific goal is “I want to look skinny or get fit”.
- Measurable – Refers to the ability to be able to quantify where you are in relation to the goal. For example if you wanted to lose 10 pounds then your measurable goal would be those 10 pounds. This is why being specific is so important, because like in the last example how do you measure getting fit or being skinny?
- Attainable – This means that the goal is not something so far out of the box that you can’t actually achieve it. For example, saying you want to learn how to swim, but you don’t have access to a pool would make your goal hard to achieve.
- Realistic – Here’s the one everyone seems to have trouble with. What is a realistic goal? Your goal should be difficult enough that it pushes you when times get hard, but not so difficult that you’re setting yourself up for failure. Here’s a great example, let’s say you want to start running. A realistic goal would be “I want to run a 5K in six or eight weeks”. An unrealistic goal and likely an unachievable goal would be “I want to run a marathon in 6 to 8 weeks”. A marathon can still be your ultimate goal, but you most likely won’t be properly prepared to run that far in that short amount of time.
- Timely – This relates right back to the first point. Your goal must have a timeline. It needs to be a specific day or a definite number of weeks away. This does quite a few things for you. First, it gives you something to look forward to. Second, this makes you start immediately on your goal while you are still motivated.
If you are having trouble setting up your smart goals please feel free to reach out to Jill or myself. We would love to help you achieve your goals!
Sam is a fitness enthusiast, and recipe creator. She believes a workout can turn around a day. She eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but switched to a pescatarian diet a few years ago. She have a passion for creating healthy nutritious recipes that are never boring or bland. She read cookbooks like novels and has watched more hours of Food Network and Julia Child than she’d like to admit. With a bit of a sweet tooth, Sam loves pancakes, granola and pumpkin cookies and enjoys making healthier recipes for her favorite sweet treats. She also enjoys creating wonderful salads and a variety of vegetarian recipes.
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Do you set goals based on S.M.A.R.T.? Is any part of the S.M.A.R.T. goal process harder than the others?
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