Setting SMART Goals

Aug 19, 2020 | Pay Attention To Your Life

Do you truly want to change some aspect of your life? You’ll need to break it down, chunk it out and make it manageable by creating SMART goals, an acronym that stands for:
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound 

When creating a goal, there are a variety of questions you should ask yourself as they relate to specific parts of the acronym:

Specific. What exactly needs to be accomplished? Who else might be involved? Where will this take place? Why do I want to accomplish this?

Measurable. How will I know if I have succeeded? How many steps will it take to achieve this?

Attainable. Do I have the resources I need to make this happen? Is this goal neither too easy, nor too hard for me to accomplish? Will the steps I have planned help me reach my goal?

Relevant. Can I commit to this goal? Will I not be able to reach another goal or do something else I want to do because I am working towards this goal?

Time-bound. When is the deadline? When do I need to take action?

For example, say one of your resolutions is to become a vegetarian in 2020. That’s a very big, broad goal, and not particularly easy if you have been a meat lover your whole life.  A better way to approach this goal would be to rewrite it as a SMART goal. 

Here’s an example: “I want to work toward becoming a vegetarian in 2020.  I’ll attain this by researching vegetarianism, finding recipes that appeal to me, creating new meatless meals every week, and exploring vegetarian options at my favorite restaurants.  I hope to be eating a meatless diet by the end of September 2020.” 

Then schedule it out: 

January: do some research online and at the library.  Make one meal per week that is a new vegetarian recipe.

February:  continue to try new recipes and commit to one day per week that is completely meatless. 

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Get the picture?  You can apply this method to any goal!  Breaking it down into manageable and attainable chunks makes it much easier to achieve your goals.  Always remember:  Pay attention to your life!!!