Set a SMART goal!


Written by Kory Buchberger, BS, CPT

Specific- Goals should be straightforward and emphasize what you want to happen.  Instead of setting a goal to lose weight or be healthier, set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline or to walk 5 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.

Measurable- If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!  Instead of saying I will walk more, say I will walk for 30 minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Attainable- Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.  For example, to lose 15 pounds a week is not feasible, so aim to do 1-2 pounds per week. The feeling of success which this brings helps you to remain motivated.

Realistic- This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.”  A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods.  For instance, it may be more realistic to set a goal of eating a piece of fruit each day instead of one sweet item.

Time-Oriented- Set a time frame for the goal.  If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.

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