SMART Goal Setting*

Thursday, 11 June 2015, By Jason Conroy

Goals are the foundation to any long term sustained results. Whether you are starting from scratch or are a seasoned veteran, goal setting is a crucial process to success. When goal setting, utilizing the SMART principle is a great way to ensure your success.

Let's take a closer look at the SMART principal to unlock the full potential of the following goal: To Lose Weight.

What does the SMART acronym stand for?

S: Specific. A way to make your goal Specific, be as detailed as possible. For example, set a target weight or target weight loss: lose 10 kgs, get down to 65kgs body weight

M: Measurable. Once you have set your goal you want to make sure that your goal is Measurable. Again the goal of losing weight can be measured by a tearget weight drop (10kgs) or a final target (65kgs body weight). both of these can be measured on a weight scale.

A: Attainable. Based on your lifestyle, certain goals may take longer than others. This step in the SMART process allows us to analyze and decide whether our goal is realistic and achievable. We must take all outside factors into account; including work and family commitments and social events, to determine whether our goal is attainable. This is important because if a goal seems as though it's unachievable, this can adversely affect a person's intrinsic motivation.

R: Relevant. Is your goal relevant to what you are trying to achieve? Relating to the goal above, it is essential that the goal set is relevant to what the person wants to achieve. For example, if someone wanted to lose weight they wouldn't set the goal of learning to cartwheel.

 

T: Timing. By setting a target date to achieve your goal by, an individual is able to implement a process that will allow them to achieve their goal or review it if need be. For example, "I want to lose 10kg by the start of summer" instead of "I want to lose 10kg". This gives a time frame and allows the potential to reset a goal if it will not be achieved within the given time frame. Resetting a goal, if it is not going to be achieved by the initial set date, can maintain an individual's motivation and increase potential of achieving their goal.

 

In conclusion, implementing the SMART process when goal setting is fundamental to success as it ensures the goal is set with tangible parameters. Happy Goal Setting!!!

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