Goal setting can be very advantageous when done correctly. At the same time, individuals become very discouraged when the fail at the goals they set. Here are some basic yet helpful suggestions when you set your goals that will help keep you on track and be successful instead of discouraged.
- The first thing to ask yourself is what is your end goal or the “big picture” you want to accomplish. DO NOT STOP THERE! This is just the first step.
- Next find small “baby steps” on ways to reach that goal. For example, if your goal is to lose 35 pounds by your school reunion (six months away), set smaller goals that will help you reach that. One pound per week is a good pace to set for yourself. Therefore, four to five pounds a month is reasonable and healthy.
- Finally be smart with your goals. Use SMART acronym.
S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).