Do you know what a smart goal is?
A SMART goal.
A couple years ago I was working at a dance studio as an instructor. A couple months after I was hired another female instructor was hired on.
I can’t claim she was my friend; she was quite different from me and due to the nature of our job we didn’t get to talk a lot. Still, I’m glad our paths crossed and that I got to meet her.
What really stood out about her to me is her intelligence. In the few conversations we had she was talking about smart goals, as in S.M.A.R.T. goals; that stands for Specific, Measured, Attainable, Realistic and Timed.
Basically, goals can’t be too broad (“I’ll be a better me this year!”).
How are you going to be better? Will you read more books? Will you volunteer? Go to church? Give to charity? You have to be specific.
Goals also have to be specific. How many books will you read? What are you volunteering for? Will you attend every Sunday and Wednesday service?
You also have to be realistic. Are you really going to read 2 books a week without neglecting your other obligations like work, school, house chores? Do you really have the time or resources to devote to volunteer work? Will you really be able to attend all those services without other obligations taking priority?
What about attainability? Take someone like me, who has decided to make a change in the way I look and feel about myself. I can’t say that I will lose weight and look like a supermodel.
Orealllly? Considering I am five foot two and tend to put on muscle when I exercise versus the waif look, it’s safe to say I will never be supermodel skinny.
I am exaggerating of course, but bear with me for illustration’s sake. Being rail thin is not what I’m going for!
Then there’s the matter of time. What time frame will you set for achieving your goal?
I’ve been giving this a lot if thought. As for my SMART goal:
I plan on losing one pound a week through clean eating (found a bunch of great recipes!), exercise (P90X, ballroom dancing and daily 15 minute walks with the dog 3x a day).
One pound a week = 52 pounds by 12/31.
Even if I lose a half pound a week, that’s 26 pounds off my caboose!
I also plan on being more organized with my handy-dandy weekly cleaning schedule and a side benefit from cleaning more is, of course, more calories burned.
What is YOUR smart goal?