Set SMART Goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions!

Hello my friends! We’ve been blessed with another beautiful day! 

I had a short run on the treadmill this morning after my weight training session. As always,  I had some great thoughts flowing through my mind. 

We are approaching the last month of 2016. Have you stated your planning for 2017? Now is the time to start. I don’t recommend waiting until the last minute or waiting until early January.  If you are serious about achieving your goals and hitting the ground running, use this time wisely to plan out your year. 

Set SMART Goals instead of New Year Resolutions

Let’s face it, new years resolutions are set with good intentions, but when reality sets in most are usually abandoned by the end of March. A few years ago I stopped setting new years resolutions. Instead, I set SMART Goals. 

S – Specific 
M – Measurable
A – Achievable 

R – Relevant

T – Time-Bound 

SMART goals allow you to set a specific target versus have a general goal that is not specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, or time-bound. For example, setting a goal to lose weight sounds good and all but it is not specific. How much weight do you want to lose and when do you want to lose it by? General non-specific goals do not provide any direction or target for you to achieve. Using the SMART approach, a good example would be “I want to lose 5 pounds by December 30th in time for my 10 year anniversary”. This example is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and is time-bound. Structuring your goals using the SMART approach will allow you to achieve great success. 

When setting goals, it is important to set both long-term and short term goals. The best approach is to break your goals down into manageable time frames:

  • Yearly 
  • Monthly 
  • Weekly
  • Daily

This approach will provide you with the most direction and stimulate the right action throughout the year. Let me know what you think. Please share, like, or comment. 
Until next time my friends! Be more, Do more! Let’s Go!

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