The problem with goals is they are not SMART goals very often. SMART goals are:
If you want to learn more about what SMART goals are and how to write them, you can check out this site.
SMART goals are important because they give us clear direction.
For example, I can say I want to lose 100 pounds in six months, but is this a SMART goal? Maybe.
Let’s look at it by each standard.
1. Specific. Yep it is specific
2. Measurable. Yep. I can step on a scale and see if I have lost weight.
3. Achievable. Maybe. Losing 100 pounds in six months is a lot and it may not even be healthy to lose that much in that short of a period. I am not an expert, but I would imagine that it is not overly healthy and perhaps not sustainable, either. There are several sites that have posts about the top ways to lose 100 pounds safely in six months. As I said, I am not an expert, but personally, I do not think it is healthy nor sustainable and unless I was sick, I do not think I would try it.
5. Time-bound. Again, I am not sure six months is long enough to lose that much weight in a healthy way, but yes, it is time-bound as you have given yourself a deadline.
When I make SMART goals, I almost always create other “mini” goals to go with them. So for the loss of 100 pounds, I might have a breakdown of how many pounds I want to lose each month. This would be followed up by how I would burn calories, what I would eat (how many calories I can eat each day), along any other details I might feel are important.
When I began some work on myself with Entre Institute and Jeff Lerner, one of the things I did was create goals for an awesome life challenge.
In Today’s video, I talk more about the goals I created for the challenge. I hope you enjoy it!
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Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.