Goal setting is something that I have engaged in my entire life, although writing them down was always a struggle. It was easy for me to think about what I wanted and how to get it, but what tended to happen was life would get in the way, and I would forget about my goals.
Creating (and writing) S.M.A.R.T. goals will help you not only think about what you want out of your life (whether it’s fitness, nutrition, overall health or personal goals)—writing goals down keeps you accountable to yourself. And sharing these same goals with friends or family members takes your accountability to the next level, as these people can check in with you to help ensure you stay on track.
So what are S.M.A.R.T. goals, and what do they stand for?
S – Specific, significant
M – Measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – Achievable, action-oriented
R – Realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding
T – Time-based, timely, tangible
The acronym S.M.A.R.T. helps you to break down your goal.
Let’s begin with an example: losing 10 pounds. Instead of just thinking to yourself “I want to lose 10 pounds,” write it down and begin to analyze just how you’re going to achieve this goal. How many days a week will you be exercising? Why type of exercise and for how long? What does a clean diet mean to you? Perhaps incorporating bi-weekly food prep will help you stay on track with your meals, so you don’t slip into the habit of eating whatever is around, or eating on-the-go. Ask yourself the questions or answer the statements in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym. One possible rewriting of that goal could be: “I will lose 10 pounds in 3 months by doing bootcamp 2×/week, and running 1×/week, while planning meals and eating plant-based Monday to Friday.”
We all know that actions speak louder than words, so once you write down your goals and steps in order to achieve them, you must act upon them. Do what you say—don’t just say what you want to do! Only you have the power to make change in your life. (We are here to guide you in that direction).