Do you ever wonder why some people seem to succeed at almost everything they do? The answer is simple; they make a plan and set goals. Whether their plan is to lose weight, quit smoking, get married or get 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 limited, evaluate, and review. Goal setting is an important and powerful component to health and success when implemented with care. Let’s take a closer look at the seven components of SMARTER goals…
1. Goals Should be SPECIFIC
Having vague, undefined goals makes success extremely difficult to achieve. How will you know you have achieved your goal if you can’t define it? An example of a vague goal would be to get in shape. A specific goal is more detailed and addresses the 6 “W” questions; who, what, where, when, which, why.
An example of a specific goal would be: I will lose 25-pounds in 3-months by joining a women’s fitness gym, working out 3-days a week, and reducing my caloric intake to 1200-calories per day. Your goals should be well defined and clear. They should reflect exactly what you want to achieve.