How To Set Attainable Goals

Can you believe that we’re almost halfway through the first month of the new year? It’s crazy how fast time flies when we’re busy trying to get out of winter vacation mode and back to reality. I personally can’t wait until the month is over because that means that my gym will start to quiet down and I will no longer have to wait in line to use any of the machines!

During this morning’s training session I was talking to my trainer about my 2016 health and fitness goals. 2015 was my year of recovery and now I want to build on my progress and work on creating a physically and mentally stronger version of myself. I posted a YouTube video last week briefly outlining my personal and fitness goals, since I’ve been told that I’m more likely to achieve my goals if I share them with people who can keep me accountable, but I’m now reviewing and editing each one of them so that they’re S.M.A.R.T goals.

If you’ve worked with a team of colleagues, have taken business or leadership classes, or have read up on goal setting, you’ve most likely come across the S.M.A.R.T acronym. S.M.A.R.T is a goal setting process that stands for specific, measurable, relevant and time based. The more defined and planned the goal is, the higher the chance that it will be met.

SMART-goals

Here’s what you need to think about while setting a S.M.A.R.T goal:

S – SPECIFIC
Define the goal as much as possible and think about:
Who is involved?
What do you want to accomplish?
Where will it be done?
Why am you doing this?
Which constraints or restrictions do you have?

M – MEASURABLE
Can you track and measure the outcome?
How will you know when the goal is accomplished?

A – ATTAINABLE
Make sure that the goal is not out of reach or below your standard performance.
Is the goal reasonable enough to be accomplished?

R – RELEVANT
Is the goal worthwhile and will it meet your needs?
Is your goal consistent with the other goals that you have made and will it fit in with your short or long term plans?

T- TIME BASED
Setting a time limit establishes a sense of urgency.
Think about the day/month/year that you want to complete your goal.

I hope this helps anyone who is setting 2016 goals and resolutions. Feel free to share your goals and resolutions with me in the comment section down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink. If you want to follow my health and fitness journey and keep me accountable, check out my health and fitness Instagram account @pandamoniumpinkfit.

Keep smiling,
Kels

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