Moving on; let's talk about the "S" in S.M.A.R.T goals. The S stresses that your goal be specific. Basically, the who, what, when, and why. That is going to take some thinking.
|This is what "thinking" looks like!|
Lets take a look at some examples of specific and non-specific goals.
Non-Specific: Lose weight.
Specific: Lose 10 lbs.
Non-Specific: It's important
Specific: It's important because I my blood pressure has been elevated and I want to live a long time.
Non-Specific: My friends I
Specific: Dawn, Sagen, Karla and I will be working together to keep each other motivated.
Non-Specific: Maybe the gym or maybe I 'll just walk or try to get in some crunches during the day;
Specific: I'm free on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6-7pm so I'll spend that time at the gym.
Non-Specific: Find a diet and workout plan.
Specific: I'm going to try the Atkins diet and work on my abs, butt and thighs.
Putting it all together:
I want to lose 10 lbs so that I can lower my blood pressure and improve my life expectancy. I will need a support team so Dawn, Sagen and Karla are going to work on a plan to help keep each of us motivated and on track. To meet this goal I will need to work out and consume more healthy foods. To accomplish this Dawn, Sagen, Karla and I will spend 30 mins after church each Sunday planning our meals for the week and deciding who will cook what. We've decided to try the Atkins diet so we will shop together and work with gym personnel to develop our own individual exercise plan to address three target areas (abs, butt and thighs).
I know you are probably saying, "Wow that's long and it's only the "S" part! You're right. However, keep in mind this is a GOAL not a RESOLUTION! Trust me on this planning and being specific increases the likelihood of success!!!
PS: I'm still evaluating the SMART goals app I mentioned last time. I'll post a review when I'm done.
Until next time, take some time and write or revamp your goal(s) so that they are SPECIFIC.