Research shows that we are more likely to go after and achieve a goal if we create a SMART goal:
S=Specific:I want to work 10 hours less per week; I want to lose 15 pounds in 3 months; I want to remain sober despite of my travel schedule.
M=Measurable: By working 10 hours less per week, I will be able to attend one of my child’s soccer games during the weekend and pick him up from one practice during the work week; by losing 15 pounds in 3 months, I will be able to fit my spring clothes again; to remain sober, I will create a game plan how to attend the upcoming trade show without drinking).
A=Achievable: Pick a reasonable increment to achieve your goal; run your goal and your increments by a trusted friend for feedback. For example, losing 15 pounds in three months (when discussed with your health care provider) may be feasible. Creating a survival plan for a trade show may require some creativity and a friend (or professional) to strategize about your endeavor.
R=Realistic: See “Achievable”. To create a realistic goal, you may need some feedback from a caring, trustworthy person who wants you to succeed. Want to be prepared for the feedback? Create your Realistic Cheat Sheet to get from start to finish:
T=Time sensitive: Research shows that when we set time specific goals and keep working at reaching the goal every day, a little bit (instead of cramming toward the end of your deadline) at a time, we are very likely to reach what we set out to do. Reach out if you need some support with overcoming procrastination or perfectionism, the two adversaries of being time sensitive.
We know how hard it is to change a behavior, especially if it has a life of it’s own. See if you can identify:
Practice makes perfect. Creating a habit takes a while. We will be there with you, and want you to have the opportunity to have frequent check ins to cheer you along as you are pursuing your SMART goals. Interested? Join The 60 Days Challenge!