Setting SMART goals for 2017

Hi friends,

I hope your 2017 is off to a great start!

I wanted to write a blog about setting goals and working towards them through out the new year. Now, I realize most people have already set goals and that’s totally cool. I am here to offer some advice for anyone that may feel stuck in reaching their goals. My advice isn’t revolutionary, and you may have heard all this before, but here we go!

Have you ever heard of making a SMART goal? A SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely/Timeline. Lets break this down a bit.

  • Specific: Figure out what your goal truly is. Rather than setting a goal of “getting in shape” a specific goal could be to committing to a gym membership and working out 3 days a week.
  • Measurable: How are you going to measure your goals? It’s simple, it’s blunt, write shit down. We’ve heard it all before, if you fail to plan you plan to fail. Write out your goals, schedule your to do list, make time for yourself, break it down and make a mind map. I use the calendar in my phone for scheduling and I also use a planner that is more specific and I can write down my thoughts, goals and plan out my entire day.
  • Attainable: Do you have a gigantic goal that may seem unattainable? Set small goals to check off that will help you to reach your glorious goal. Identify why this goal is important to you, once you figure that out you will find ways to make the goal attainable.
  • Realistic: Is your goal something that you are both willing and able to work toward? Both these variables need to be set in to place before you can start thinking about working toward your goal. Set your goals high, not unrealistically high, but high enough that it is something you are willing to work toward, and also something that you are actually able to achieve.
  • Timely/Timeline: Set a timeline for when you want to reach your goal. Are you planning to run a half marathon by July? Are you hoping to get a promotion before the end of the year? Figure out the when. Often when people do not set a timeline for themself working towards the goal can become pushed aside, and the “I’ll do it later” mindset can take over. Setting a timeline will give you a sense of urgency and structure.

What I’ve learned most is that I need to be organized if I want to reach a specific goal. It’s also important to realize that you don’t have to change who you are in order to reach a goal. Stay true to who you are, and be honest with yourself; follow these steps and realize that reaching goals take time and effort!

Thanks for reading.

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