Setting SMART Goals in 2017

People set New Year's Resolutions each year.  The reason most don't achieve their resolutions is they don't plan them effectively.  Today, we're sharing the process of setting SMART goals to help you achieve those goals this year!

The acronym SMART is commonly used to help people set goals.  SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Bound.  We will explain each step below.

A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

Who is involved?
What do I want to accomplish?
When will you accomplish your goal? Short-term and long-term goals are recommended
Where? Identify a location
Why? Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

EXAMPLE:  A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “I want to lose 15lbs. I will attend a MuvLab workout 3 days a week so I feel good at my sons wedding”

What metrics are you going to use to determine if you meet the goal? This makes a goal more tangible because it provides a way to measure progress.

If your goal is going to take a few months or a year to complete, then set some milestones by considering specific tasks to accomplish.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?

Nothing happens without action. Your goal must promote action. You must be able to break your goals down into actionable tasks.

If you can't control the outcome of your goal (I want to win the lottery this year), it's not a real goal. Your goals must be something that you have control over (I want to complete a triathlon in 2017).

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely. By establishing a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps, goals that may have seemed far away eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.

To be realistic, a goal must represent an outcome toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be.

Your goals should inspire you. If they don't, set new goals. Your goals must be inline with your values. If there is a conflict between your goals, you won't achieve them.

All goals should have a deadline. With no time frame tied to your goal, there’s no sense of urgency. You want to lose 15 lbs, when do you want to lose that unwanted weight? “in 90 days”, then you’ve put the goal into motion.

Anybody who starts a goal with "someday I want to..." will never achieve the goal. It's too vague, and there is no time frame. The best goals have a deadline.

Use the steps to set goals for the new year.  Stay on track and measure your results.  Let us know if you have any questions on goal setting.  We look forward to helping you achieve great results in 2017!