Now Make Your Goals SMART
Previously I shared my plan to start my goals for 2015 this week. I left you with the assignment to narrow down to 1-3 of your own. Did you do it?
Here is one of my 3 goals: Lose Weight.
I have another personal goal and just one professional goal. I’ll stick to talking about losing weight for the purposes of this post, though.
I have a good goal, but it has a couple problems. How will I actually accomplish this goal? Also, how will I know I have accomplished this goal? When will I know I’m done?
I need to make my goal what Michael Hyatt calls SMART.
Let’s go through each.
1) Specific – I must identify exactly what I want to accomplish. Be very clear.
Bad: Lose Weight.
Good: Lose weight, keep it off and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
2) Measurable – It’s not helpful if you don’t really know if you hit your goal or not. You must quantify your goal.
Bad: Lose some weight.
Good: Lose 20 lbs, keep it off and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
3) Actionable – Make your goals begin with action verbs (lose, run, finish, etc.). Using a to-be verb (“be,” “have,” etc.) would be the opposite of what you want. Deciding on values for your life might involve a to-be verb (e.g., Be Health, Be Present, Be Honest), but here we are working on establishing goals and new habits.
Bad: Be more consistent at running.
Good: Run 3 times a week.
4) Realistic – Don’t go crazy attempting to do something you really can’t.
Bad: Become a professional athlete.
Good: Exercise 3-5 times a week.
5) Time-bound – You need a date. When is it going to be done? You can make it December 31st or March 1st. The important thing is to have an due date on your goal.
Bad: Lose 10 lbs.
Good: Lose 10 lbs by March 1st.
So instead of “lose weight,” my new SMART goal is going to be: Lose 20lbs by October 1st, 2015.
Please share your goal(s) for 2015. Are they SMART? Tell me in the comments section.