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SMART goals for the New Year

It seems twice yearly most of us ‘reset our sails’ for a fresh start – in the fall with the start of a new school year and January 1st, the beginning of the new year.

Research shows that most don’t fulfill their ‘resolutions‘ on the first try. Only 12% actually achieved their goals.(1) Sadly, most of us spend more time planning our vacations than we do planning our lives. Why is that? A goal is nothing but a dream with a deadline.

Regardless of the goal, our chance of success is better if the goals are  SMART -

Specific(i.e. instead of lose weight, be specific lose one pound a week between now and June 1st for Tina’s wedding and maintain the June first weight between June and December). It should address the 6 W’s(2):

Who:      Who is involved?
What:     What do I want to accomplish?
Where:    Identify a location.
When:     Establish a time frame.
Which:    Identify requirements and constraints.
Why:      Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Measurable (can be measured on a scale, given a starting measure is stated, and a specific weigh in time/day of the week is determined)

Achievable (if the person is over weight, wants to lose weight, and has a plan to reduce calories (ie reduce portion size, change food choices) and/ or increase activity (burn more calories, walk 1 hour day, take the stairs (3 storey) instead of the elevator).

Realistic (if the person is over weight, wants to lose weight and the amount of weight is realistic)

Time based Set a start and stop time, have bench marks. (i.e. weigh in on Jan 1 before breakfast, remeasure weight every Sunday before breakfast to measure movement toward goal.

SMART goals can be applied to all aspects of our lives, personal and professional. (3, 4, 5 )

Put pen to paper and make a plan! Your future is in YOUR hands.

(this is a repost of our January 2011 post)

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