Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Achieving Goals
In 2015 we hope to see you often and look forward to helping you to lead a healthy and happy life. Together we can make things happen. Eat healthy, laugh often and keep things in moderation this upcoming year.
Goals provide you with direction and lead you to success. But, to be effective and achievable, goals should be smart.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve and ends with a lot of hard work. The SMART process is an effective way to set and meet your goals.
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal, answer the five “W” questions:
Who: Who is involved?
What: What do I want to accomplish?
Where: Where will I accomplish the goal?
When: When will I work on my goal and what is a realistic time frame for reaching my goal?
Why: What are the reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal?
Measurable: Choose goals that have results you can measure. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates and experience the exhilaration of achievement.
Achievable: Think about what you can honestly achieve. Goal setting is a good way to push yourself beyond your current limits. So pick a goal that requires some effort, but choose a goal that is within reach.
Rewarding: It feels great to reach a goal, but find extra ways to reward yourself along the way. Plan rewards ahead of time so you have something to look forward to.
Timely/Trackable/Tangible: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. Keeping track of your progress will help you stay motivated. A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of your senses; taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end.