Goal setting is a process by which we can refine, measure, and accomplish our goals in a systematic way. This may work for some people and not others but it's just one way to set goals!
Think about what you're excited about doing. Do you want to run a 5k or lift 50lbs or have difficult conversations more easily? What part of emotional, physical, or mental health is pulling you at this moment. Define the area and the specific, tangible objective.
Once you have a clear, specific idea of what you want to get done, it's time to look at the other parts of your goal.
- Measurable: Can you measure your goal by some metric? Is it miles or pounds or number of conversations?
- Attainable: Do you think you can get this goal done? If you've never run before, maybe having a 100 mile race as your first goal might not be attainable (right now). Make smaller, more manageable goals first.
- Relevant: Is your goal relevant to the area you chose in step 1? If you want to work on emotional health and your goal is to do 50 jumping jacks, it may not be relevant.
- Time Based: Do you have a timeline? Make sure your goal has an end point that's relatively soon. Goals with timelines longer than a year can sometimes feel abstract and difficult to work towards.
You just made a SMART Goal! If your goal is ready to go, it's Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based. Here are some examples of SMART goals!
- I will run a 5k in under 50 minutes by May 2017.
- This goal is specific (I'm going to run), measurable (5k distance and 50 minutes time), attainable (my last time was 55 minutes), relevant (I'm working on my physical speed), and Time Based (finished the goal by May).
- I will talk to my boss about a 5% raise by the end of the quarter.
- This goal is specific (I'm going to have a difficult conversation), measurable (5% raise), attainable (I feel comfortable talking to my boss), relevant (I am working on feeling valued at work), and Time Based (finished the goal by the end of the quarter).
- I will meditate for 10 minutes one day a week for 5 weeks.
- This goal is specific (I'm going to meditate), measurable (10 minutes), attainable (I feel I have 10 minutes a week to devote to this practice), relevant (I am working on calming my mind), and Time Based (5 weeks).
If you have questions of about whether your goal is SMART and any other questions about goal setting, please contact us at Sassy Pants! We love helping others achieve their dreams!