Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year + New Goals=New You?

At the beginning of last year, we talked about how important it is to set goals. But not only to set goals but SMART goals.

Goals that are SMART goals are:
  • Specific - blanket goals like "lose weight" are too generic and vague.
  • Measurable - Be able to measure your goals (i.e. inches lost, pounds lost, repetitions completed)
  • Attainable - outlandish goals like "exercise every day" are unrealistic and only serve to set you up for failure.
  • Relevant - Goals that mean nothing are a waste of time! Time is a precious commodity that you cannot get back. Don't burn it on stuff that doesn't matter.
  • Time-measured - Put your goals into a schedule. By having a "complete by" date you put pressure on yourself to get started ASAP!

What many of us need additionally is ACCOUNTABILITY.

Write down your goals, tell people about your goals, review your goals every week and see where you are with them. If you don't have these things in place, your goals will slowly slip away and by August you'll forget all about them

So WRITE THEM DOWN. Then go out and TELL EVERYBODY about your goals.

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