Get ready to set your new S.M.A.R.T. goals! Bring it on 2016. We are locked, loaded and ready…right? It can feel so empowering to start off the new year with that intense level of confidence. The danger can be not setting anything specific around these resolutions. Life can sometimes get in the way of the best laid plans. That is why it is key to make your goals smart. This, my friends, is your 2016 goal post.
Your Bikini S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Ever said you want to lose weight or get in amazing shape? Without some way to measure your progress those pie in the sky aspirations can fade by the time February rolls around.
When it comes to creating goals you need to really to have a way to measure their success. It is not wise to simply throw out your desires to the universe! Get in “amazing shape” or “be healthy” are just terms at the end of the day. How are you going to gauge if you are choosing to be healthier? Well, taking your lunch to work 4 days a week and making it to the gym on the weekends are ways you can truly see how your goals are marching along. These are S.M.A.R.T. goals. Without a way to measure you have no way to knowing if you are succeeding or not.
What are S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
George T. Doran originated this concept and while it is not as sexy as though big lofty goals it is also not as daunting.
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Attainable – assuring that an end can be achieved.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
If we are honest with ourselves we know that there is no such thing as overnight success. Small steps every day are what lead to making dreams happen.
More Specific = More Successful
You guessed it! If you are more specific in your S.M.A.R.T. goal you are more likely to achieve it.
Questions you may ask yourself when setting your goals and objectives are:
- What exactly do I want to achieve?
- With whom?
- What are the conditions and limitations?
- Why exactly do I want to reach this goal? What are possible alternative ways of achieving the same?
Making your goals more measurable is a sure-fire way to being happier about the progress. No one wants to feel discouraged that they didn’t reach their big goal yet. However, if you are chipping away at those big rocks you can feel like you are doing well. This confidence will increase your momentum rather than feeling discouraged and throwing in the towel.
Always reach for the stars! However, make sure to sit back and consider if that goal is truly attainable. Also, consider where you are in your life. Make sure that you have the time and resources to put towards your goal. If not, you may have to rethink and consider what you truly can do. Remember it’s a marathon – not a race.
Hold on…is this something you really want? Think about whether or not this is something you are willing to truly sacrifice when the going gets tough. Will you give up TV to get to the gym on week nights? We all only have a finite amount of time. It’s pause for thought. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
Nothing gets done without a deadline! There’s a reason we pay our bills on time and show up for appointments when expected. If you don’t set a timely expectation on our goals it can shift to the back burner way too easily. “Later” is a gateway…
Make sure to snag your January Calendar so we can support and motivation each other through the entire month!
How About You?
- What are your goals for 2016?
- How do you plan to achieve them?