• February 15, 2012
  • Katlin Owens

What’s your SMART goal?

Wellness Coaches USA,

It’s been more than a month since you set your New Year’s Resolution. Are you still on track to meet your goals? If not, don’t be discouraged. Now’s the time to look at your goal(s) and get back on track.
If you cannot see what you want or know how you will get there, then it is difficult to succeed. Make your goals SMART to stay focused.

Who, What, When, and Where?
Instead of: I want to feel less stressed.
Try: I want to lower my stress level from 7 out of 10, to a 2 when I come home from work.

Establish concrete criteria to measure progress.
Instead of: I want to eat better.
Try: I will eat 5 smaller meals during the work week.

Take a step forward, no matter how small it may seem.
Instead of: I want to lose weight by exercising more.
Try: I will lose 10 pounds by walking three times a week, for 20 minutes.

Choose an action that you feel confident pursuing, not one that feels like a major challenge, or chore.
Instead of: I want to cut out all processed snacks.
Try: I will substitute fresh fruits and vegetables for my snack twice, next week.

A goal should be grounded with a time frame. There should be a sense of urgency in achieving it.
Instead of: I want to be in shape for summer.
Try: I will be satisfied with my fitness level by May 1st.

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