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5 Important Things #4 Set Goals

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Well this is part and parcel to the mindset here at SP.This really should be no surprise that this is one very important component of being successful at anything. So how does one write a goal?

A SMART goal looks at 5 aspects of goal setting:

S-Specific: What exactly do you want to accomplish? Do you want to lose 20 pounds? Do you want to wear a size 12 instead of an extra large? Do you want to walk 2 miles? Do you want to find 3 new healthy recipes? Maybe you want a new job-then define exactly what you are looking for. Maybe you want to save enough money for a downpayment on a house. Define it in writing. What will it take?

M-Measurable: Part of defining your goal means including very specific measurements. I can't say "I want to feel better" or "I want to lose weight." Those are great, but I can't measure them. I won't know when I have achieved my goal.

A-Achievable: The goal I choose must be something I physically can achieve. I wouldn't say I will lose 40 pounds in a month because that wouldn't be healthy. But I might say I want to lose 6-8 pounds in a month if I am 20 pounds or more over my goal. 1-2 pounds a week is a great goal because you aren't losing too quickly or too slowly. You are giving your body and your mind time to adjust to the smaller you.

R-Realistic: My goal needs to be something that makes sense. Do I really think I can lose 10 pounds or more between Thanksgiving and New Year's? I need to be sure I am capable of completing the steps that will get me to my goal.

T-Time: Identify a specific period of timely which you can reasonably expect to meet your goal. When I first signed on to SP, I documented my age, height and weight and the program set a goal for me. It was specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable and they gave me a date by which I could expect to meet that goal, based on a slow and steady weight loss, following the resources they provided.

I have used goals for many areas of my life. Most frequently, I wrote goals for my workplace. As a Speech Language Pathologist, I evaluated lots of children. Once the evaluations were completed, if the child qualified for school-based therapy services, I worked with the families to write goals that the child could reasonably meet. The main goals were written for a 1 year period of time, but we also wrote "sub-goals" or benchmarks that were expected to be achieved sooner, in shorter increments. Perhaps your goal is to get into a smaller size of clothes. You can write the first goal to be 1-2 sizes down, but you longer term goal may be smaller yet.

I sure hope this makes sense. If not, let me know. The primary thing is figuring out what you want to achieve and then work that around until you have a SMART goal!!
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  • ISNESS
    This is a great Blog post! Thanks for sharing! Also thank you for supporting me! Ivana
    66 days ago
  • MSLZZY
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    983 days ago
  • NOCALORIES
    Thank you for this blog very inspiring and beneficial to achieve SMART goal.
    983 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Goals, and SMART goals at that, are something I've used at work for a long, long time. Applying them to myself and my health? Makes a whole lot of sense.

    It's no different from any other area of life... if you don't know what you're aiming for, how will you know when you get there? emoticon
    983 days ago
  • CMFRYE
    Smart, love this post
    983 days ago
  • TBRYAN-LU
    Makes since to me! I know where I want to go with my health! I know if you lose weight to fast it seem to sneak back in our lifes. So smaller goals work best! I don't always set an end date as I don't want to disappoint my self! Works better for me!
    983 days ago
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