Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big to be accomplished in a few years and some are small to be accomplished in a few weeks or months. No matter the size, all are great! Setting a goal is important and effective to know what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. By setting a S.M.A.R.T. goal you will have a clear vision of what you want and a path to get there.
S – Specific: Write your goal clear and simple. Answer what, why and how.
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Why do I want to accomplish this? Include your purpose or reason for accomplishing this goal.
- Who is involved?
- Where will this happen?
- How? Identify requirements and constraints.
M – Measurable: Identify means of measurement
- How will you know when you have accomplished your goal? Are you measuring it in pounds, minutes, miles, attendance, etc.?
A – Attainable: Your goal should make you stretch to reach it, but not be
- How can this goal be accomplished?
- Identify opportunities in your life that will move you forward
R – Relevant: The accomplishment should drive you forward
- Is your goal worthwhile?
- Will this accomplishment allow you to continue to grow?
T – Time-bound: Set a time frame
- Will this goal be accomplished in 10 weeks? 6 months? When?
“I will be able to run 5 miles by April 5, 2013. I will run at my fitness center 3 days every week, starting with 0.5 miles/day the first week and increasing 0.5 miles/day each consecutive week. I will cross train for 30 minutes on 2 non-running days per week.”
Take time to sit down in quiet place to journal your S.M.A.R.T. goals. Hang your goals on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror or at your deask so you can be reminded of it daily. Tell your friends and family and share it with your teammates so they can cheer you on to achieving your goals!