Goal setting is a process of determining a person’s goals; a way to work towards them and assessing whether they are met or not.
A fantastic way to do this is by using the acronym: SMART
How to set a SMART goal:-
SPECIFIC – when setting a goal it needs to be specific nature. So why are you creating the goal and how will it make you feel? Who is involved in the goal? How will you reach your goal?
MEASURABLE – So most people want to lose weight, however this is too vague! By stating how much weight you want to lose; then it becomes measurable!
ATTAINABLE – You have now made a specific and measurable goal, however do you feel it is attainable? Most people set their goal so HIGH that it becomes unattainable!
RELEVANT/REALISTIC – Is the goal you have set for yourself realistic? If you have set a goal that you may feel is too much to handle then you will probably become disillusioned and fail. Some people’s goals for themselves are realistic however if another person wants to do that same goal it may be unrealistic for them. So set the goal YOU believe you can reach!
TIME BASED – Every goal should have a time framed attached to it; by doing so we become a lot more connected to it and become productive in achieving it. If we do not set an end date then we would just keep putting it off and never achieve it (sound familiar?!)
An example of setting a SMART goal for weight loss would be:-
Specific goal – I want to lose weight to feel more confident in myself and to improve my self-esteem.
Measureable goal – I want to lose 2 stone (28lbs) in bodyweight.
Attainable goal – I am going to start exercising 3-4 times a week, eat more healthy.
Realistic goal – I want to lose the weight in 3 months (12 weeks).
Time-based goal – I aim to lose 2.4lbs every week (so by time 12 weeks have gone I will have achieved my goal!)
If you have any questions regarding goal setting or need help in setting your goal then I’d be more than happy to help.