How often have you said something like "I'm going to ---fill in the blank--- next month, or next year"?
How often have you followed through with those kinds of statements? How often do you set and actually reach goals that you want to reach?

How you set your goals is very important. 

Today I want to share with you a method of setting goals in a way that supports you in following through. Because this is what you really want to do right? 

Have you ever heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? If you have, you know that this is a great tool, and maybe this is just a reminder for you. If you haven't here you go! 

A S.M.A.R.T. goal is defined as one that is specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time bound. If you apply all of these to a goal it creates a very clear intention that supports you in reaching your goal. 

Specific: Goals should be simply written and clearly define what you are going to do. Specific is the 'what, why, and how' of the S.M.A.R.T. goal model.

Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal. 

Achievable: Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but  realistic and defined well enough so that you can achieve them. You must possess the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the goal, or be able to acquire these abilities as a baby step to your goal.  You can meet most any goal when you plan your steps wisely. As you carry out the steps, you can achieve goals that may have seemed out of reach when you started. On the other hand, if a goal is impossible to achieve, you may not even try to accomplish it. Achievable goals motivate you. Impossible goals demotivate you. 

Results-focused: Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.

Time-bound: Goals should have a timeframe that creates a practical sense of urgency.  Provide yourself with a time-bound deadline.

Whether you are working on goals around your health, lifestyle, work, or anything else in life, using the S.M.A.R.T. goal formula will help you to reach them. When we reach goals, it provides a sense of self pride, self trust, and encourages us to reach even further. You deserve to achieve the things in life that you crave. This is a simple method of keeping yourself on that track! 

Wishing you wellness, 

Shelly

P.S. - Is this something that you feel you could use some support with? Or perhaps having some accountability would be helpful? Drop me a line and let's chat about what kind of support you could use to reach the things in life that you crave, because you deserve those things. All of them :)