December 28th, 2021
Can you believe there are just a few more days left in the year? These last couple of months have seemed to fly by for me. I can’t decide if it is because of my busy schedule or all the family gatherings for the holidays, but I’m guessing it is probably due to some combination of the two. We have explored the journey to success, how to create strategic partnerships, and how to stay the course until you reach the goal, however, we have not discussed how to create the goal. Today we will learn how to create SMART goals and set yourself up for success!
You may be asking, what are SMART goals? Glad you asked! SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-sensitive. The best thing about using this templet as you set goals, is that it can be applied to goals in all areas of your life, from business to health and everything in between. I also find it simpler and less intimidating to use this templet when setting goals. I tend to see things in black and white with few shades of grey, so it is easy for me to ask if what I am doing is serving my goal and if it isn’t I remove it or find something that gets me closer to my goal. Let’s use weight loss as our example today, since that is usually a popular option, especially in the New Year.
Make goals Specific. Don’t just set the goal to lose a few pounds. Instead set the goal of getting to 150 pounds. I will add a brain trick if your goal is weight loss, you are not losing the weight, but you are sending the extra weight away. A friend of mine said that when we lose something, our brains are constantly looking to find it again. I have the goal of becoming healthier and fitting into my pre-Covid jeans.
Make goals Measurable. This is so you can know when you have achieved your goal. You can track your progress and know how much further you must go to reach your goal. You can also track to see what is helping you make progress or if you need to adjust your strategy.
Make goals Achievable. Your goals should stretch you and should take effort. Your goals need to be within the realm of possible. Sticking with our theme, it would be completely unrealistic for me to have the goal of weighing 120 pounds or being a size zero. At that size I would look ill because of my height, amount of muscle, and build.
Make goals Relevant. This is your why! I want to fit into my pre-Covid jeans because I want my stamina, energy level and flexibility back. I was healthier and had less aches and pains when I was taking care of my body and health. That is my why and it carries a lot more influence for me than the jeans are really cute (but they totally are!). Finding your why usually relates to how you want to feel or something you want to gain or reclaim. Adding emotional words to your why will help on days you need motivation.
Make goals Time-sensitive. By creating time-sensitive goals, you know where the finish line is, and you have created a sense of urgency. Pressure of a deadline can be helpful and light a fire under you to work towards your goal today and not put it off until tomorrow.
Did you find this post helpful? I will be taking the next couple of days to finalize my outline for the blog in 2022. Is there something you want to learn about? Send me a message and I will work in your ideas over the next year. You can find me on social media @rockstarmassagellc or my email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe and happy New Year!
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Have a blessed week ~ Lacey