How to Set a SMART Goal
Make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
- Specific. Define the exact change you want to make. For example, instead of setting a goal to eat a healthier diet, set a goal to eat veggies at two meals each day.
- Measurable. Decide how you will know if you have reached your goal. For example, instead of saying that you are going to exercise more often, commit to walking for 20 minutes after dinner each night.
- Attainable. If you’ve never been 50 pounds thinner, that may not be an attainable goal. Start with a 5 pound weight loss goal and go from there.
- Realistic. You probably aren’t going to lose 30 pounds in a month, but you can set a reasonable goal to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
- Timely. Set a limit for the completion of your goal. For example, commit to walking during your lunch break every day for one month.
SMART goals are more likely to be successful goals. Take 10 minutes to set yours up today.
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