Start Your Year Right with SMART Goals
Around the end of the year, we start to come up with New Year’s resolutions. We may have long conversations with friends or family members about goals we have, what we want to accomplish, and how we need to make changes in our lives. However, how many of us follow through with these New Year Resolutions? How many of us fantasize about changing bad habits, our figure, or how we spend our time just to speak about the same things the following year?
This year, you can make that positive change in your life. Instead of just talking about what you want to change, take the time before New Year’s to think about your goals and create a structured plan to accomplish what you set forth to do.
One of the best methods for creating a structured plan is that of SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This concept was created by George T. Doran and is the key sequence for goal achievement in a timely manner.
For many, this is the only way to truly accomplish the great feats that they are yearning to accomplish, due to the system’s clarity, focus, and motivation.
As the New Year is coming up, you may want to start writing out your goals in this way. Let’s do the first together:
Goal: To Work Out More
When figuring out the specific parts of your goal, you will need to ask yourself some questions. Here are some things to consider:
- Who am I working out with? Am I going alone?
- Where am I working out?
- What type of work out do I want to do?
- When do I want to go?
- Why do I want to work out more?
Some possible answers may be:
- I want to work out alone at the gym doing weights every night at 8:30 PM to lose weight.
- I want to work out with my spouse at the track every morning at 6 AM to prepare for a marathon.
Whatever the answer to the questions are, brainstorm and understand your answer so that you can get a specific goal moving forward. Afterward, move on to the next step.
This next step means that you want to make your goal have an actual target. Instead of just having the goal of losing weight or running a marathon. Ask yourself how much weight or how much time you want to run the marathon in. You may say that you want to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds, you may say that you want to run the marathon in 4 hours or 2 hours; either way, come up with a measurable goal that you want to accomplish. Once you know how to measure your goal, you are able to work on achieving that goal in the next step.
Think about how you can make your goal attainable in order to reach it. If you are new to working out, you may want to say that you will work out once a week for half an hour, if you are new to running but want to run a marathon you may say that in one year you will run a marathon and break up the year into 12 months with each month working to get 10 seconds faster per mile. This should help motivate you so that you can see your progress easier and quicker than waiting until you reach your ultimate goal.
Make your goals relevant to your life. Ask yourself why working out or running a marathon is important to you? Maybe you want to be healthier or maybe you want to prove to yourself that you can run a whole marathon. Think deeply about why it would be important for you to accomplish these goals.
It is important that these goals have time markers.
You may want to lose 50 pounds, but you should try to give yourself a time frame for how long you want that to take you. Then break that amount of time up. You may say that in two months you want to lose 10 pounds so that in 10 months you will lose all 50.
If you want to run 42.1 km for the marathon in one year, you may want to break it up into 12 months with every month running 3.5 km, during your long training runs, more than the previous month aiming for the speed that you are looking to run.
With this outline of the SMART goal system, increase your productivity and work towards your attainable goals. Make 2019 your best year yet! Can’t wait to hear about your success!