This is Dawn Strom with CARE Bodyworks and what I want to talk to you today about is creating health and wellness goals. So when you think about setting your goals, I know it can seem a bit daunting sometimes, like how do you set the right goals, how do you set ones that you know you can achieve so that you can have success with them. But I think there’s a couple ways that you can set goals that make them really simple and really easy and can really help you to achieve your goals in a simple and doable way.
So one of the first things that I like to use when I talk about goals is an acronym called SMART. So SMART goals are going to be Specific, Measurable, Attractive, Realistic, and Timed.
So to start with, you want your goals to be very specific. So rather than saying, “I want to lose weight,”, you would say, “I want to lose x amount of pounds in x amount of time”, for instance.
And the second point is you want your goals to be measurable. You want to make sure that your goals are something that you can measure over time that you can actually track. So if it’s weight loss or it’s flexibility or strength, that it’s something that you have a way to track.
And, thirdly, you also want your goals to be attractive, so you want the goal to be inspiring and something that you know you want so you can reach your goal. You also want it to be realistic and achievable. So, it needs to be something that is possible for you at that moment. And this is going to be different for each individual. So if you’ve never been a runner before and your goal is to run a marathon in 2 months, that’s a great goal, but it’s probably not realistic in that time frame. But if you’ve been running half marathons, it’s going to be more achievable goal to say I want to run a marathon in two months.
And, lastly, you want it to be timed. And this is something that has to do more with how you talk about your goal. So to have it be timed means to speak your goal in the sense that it’s actually happening. Okay. So rather than saying, well, I will be able to run a marathon in the future. You say, “ I am a marathon runner”. You step into being what you want to become. And that’s a way to really talk about your goal to yourself and to other people in a way that actually brings it into being, as you say it.
So think about this with your goals. If you have any health and wellness goals, and everybody does, think about making sure that they’re specific, they’re measurable, they’re attractive and inspiring to you, they are realistic, and then practice stating them in a way that makes them present as you say them in a timed way like they’re actually happening.
And then just a little tip that actually I love to do. We all have smartphones. So if there’s something that I’m really trying to accomplish, a lot of times I’ll automate it. This sounds a little techie, but you know, you have those little reminder apps on your phone. So if there’s a goal that you have that you really want to achieve, you can set it to pop up as a reminder. And you would want to write the reminder as your smart goal. So if my goal is to get up and train for my marathon, I would put that “I am a marathon runner heading out for my training run” as the pop up reminder. So something that really both inspires me, states my goal as if it’s happening and also reminds me to do it. It’s a very positive way to remind yourself of your goal in a way that it helps you really feel like you’re actually stepping into realizing it.
So if that helps you as a helpful tip, go ahead and use it if not, let it go, but think about any goals that you may have and see if you can weigh them against the SMART acronym and if that helps you to clarify them a little bit more, then just try your hand at automating them.
Thanks so much. I hope this was helpful and go ahead and leave any comments or, or you can also email us too if you have any questions.