How To Set S.M.A.R.T. Health Goals
As we welcome in a New Year, we also welcome a fresh start and opportunity to achieve a new set of health and fitness goals. We must focus on the vision that we have created for ourselves to produce the results we have dreamed about. With a plan, we will accomplish those results.
However, the staggering fact is that 92 percent of New Year resolutions and goals will never see a successful completion! In order to overcome this statistic and ensure a successful outcome for your health goals, follow these few simple tips to dramatically increase the likelihood of your success.
The first step to seeking achievement is to simply create the right goals for your health. Your health goals must be S.M.A.R.T.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
Your goal must be specific to what you are trying to accomplish. Pay attention to the details.
You must be able to measure your progress to know where you are in the process toward achievement.
You must set yourself up for success. Creating unattainable goals is setting yourself up for failure before you even begin.
The goals must be realistic based on your current abilities, skills, resources, time frame, etc.
Each goal or resolution must have a timeline. This should include milestones along the way as well as the ultimate date you strive to accomplish your goal by.
After you have created a SMART goal, there are two things you must do:
1. You must create a strategic action plan to accomplishment. This is the area where most fall short.
That’s why I create an easy-to-implement, custom, 90-day plan for you.
Creating a goal without an action plan is like trying to drive to a destination without directions. You wouldn’t leave your house trying to drive to vacation without knowing how to get there. You would plan the best route possible that is most effective and efficient to ensure a successful arrival. Today’s GPS and mapping tools even update you on traffic and construction that may lead to possible road blocks.
The same holds true with goals and resolutions. It’s great to know where you want to go, but more important to know how to get there.
2. You must hold yourself accountable to ensure a successful completion of your goals. Even the best goals with the greatest action plans will fall short if we don’t endure the challenges that accompany them. Once the goal is set and the action plan is created, finding someone to ride in the passenger seat will help you stay on track; that’s me.
Simple motivation and reminders will keep you alert and focused, especially when things get challenging. Allow me to hold you accountable to the goals you set. Once the goal is accomplished, you will be glad you stayed the course and trusted the process.
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