What are goals? I once said that dreams are merely goals not written down. How true that is! If you have a dream but fail to put them on paper and give them legs and a time line, then your dream will most likely, go unfilled. But the power of putting it down on paper is astounding! You can reach your goals and even exceed them, but they need to have legs.
How do you give them legs? Write it down, break it down and give it a date to be completed. This is it, as easy as pie, well at least in theory. One of the most famous acronyms for goal setting is S.M.A.R.T. What do these stand for? Here goes:
Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible. For example, if you say I want to get in shape, that is too broad. A better goal may be, “I want to weight 165 pounds by the end of the summer” is specific.
Measurable – Using our example from above, if you weigh 190, you know you have to lose 25 lbs and can measure your progress with a scale.
Attainable – If you weigh 190 and want to lose 150 lbs, well this would be unattainable, not to mention unhealthy. Make it you can do in a healthy manner.
Realistic – Again, losing 25 lbs in two days is not realistic. As much as I love to play basketball, at 44 years of age and being 5’10” tall and saying I want to play in the NBA is not realistic. There are limits to what we can do, but there is so much we CAN do!
Timely – Give your goal a time limit. In our above example, if you want to shed 25 lbs it might be attainable in 18 – 25 weeks. Set a goal and give it a time frame, this becomes your action plan.
So get busy and set some goals, need ideas? Check out the post below this one and see what I have planned for the summer. For a great resource on goal setting check out this link: Goal Setting
Good luck and please let me know how your goal setting goes!