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How to Set A SMART Goal for Success


Hello everyone! I am back with a brand new post to help you create a goal that sets you up for success. Who can argue with that? By taking time to REALLY think about your goal, you will save many days of frustration as you wonder why you are not reaching your goal. Most people create goals with good intentions but they often lack clarity, by being to vague, there is plenty of room for error. This method can help you create a goal that will be successful.

It is called the SMART Goal method, with SMART being an mnemonic acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevance, and Time frame. This method was originally seen in a magazine article in 1981, it was a paper created by a man named George Doran and in it he described the SMART principle for setting manageable goals.

Below I have laid out the basics for this principle. You can use it for any goal but since this is a fitness and nutrition blog the goals shown are for losing 10-20 pounds as an example.

SMART Goal

In order to be successful in you endeavors you must truly want it, you will find out if you do or don’t by how much effort you put into creating a goal. The biggest reason New Years’ Resolutions fail is because people go into them half-hardheartedly They say “Oh I want to lose weight” but they don’t specify how, when or even why they really want to do it. They may start to eat healthy, workout more and initially come out the gate strong but they soon falter as the progress they expect to see doesn’t happen. By taking the time to create a specific, reasonable goal, one you can actually do, you will find yourself becoming  encouraged as you pass small milestones, not discouraged because you are not meeting your lofty goal immediately.

The important thing is that you do not lose focus. By mapping out a game plan you are only setting yourself up for success!

Here is a couple freebies!

I created a couple versions of the table for you, a Word document and a PDF that you can download and print out as many times as you please.

Word: SMART Goals

PDF: SMART Goals

Enjoy, and I wish you the best of luck!

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