Everyone sets goals every year, but if they are not SMART goals they usually don’t get achieved.
You must specifically state what you want to accomplish with the goal and why. So instead of ‘I want to get fit’ the goal would be ‘I want to run a 5K’. The why is not to get fit, the why could be ‘I want to run a 5K to feel more confident.
You must be able to measure the goal to ensure you are making progress towards it. So instead of I want to run a 5K, I want to run a 5K in under 40 minutes.
The goal should be within your scope. To Run a marathon in 3 hours with 4 weeks of training and no previous experience is not achievable.
Your goals must be relevant to your particular interests, needs, and abilities. If your long term interest is in running a half marathon your goal should be running related, not gymnastics related.
Your goals must contain an estimated timeline or deadline for completion. Timelines can be both short- and long-term.
For example ‘I want to run a 5K in under 40 minutes by the 1st of April’
That’s how you set a goal. Make sure you write these down and put them somewhere you can look at them everyday.
I want to lose 5 pounds in one month by going on a 3K run five times per week, and I will bring my lunch to work instead of eating out four days this week.”
Smart – Lose 5 pounds
Measurable – 5 pounds
Achievable– Going for a 3K run five times per week makes it attainable
Relevant – Running burns calories to help you lose weight so its relevant to your goal
Time bound – One month goal
Bonus Action to help you achieve the goal: I will bring my lunch to work instead of eating out four days this week
Now I want you to come up with 1-3 SMART Goals.