This week, as we emerged from the devastating fires and smoke, it became clear the season is starting to change. A couple of weeks ago, we were struggling under stifling heat but now the days are cool and wet. Fall is definitely in the air! This change in seasons coupled with a return to school is inspiring many of my clients to think about refocusing on their health goals. I have had a few conversations about how to achieve these goals by making them SMART goals. SMART is an easy to remember mnemonic to guide you in setting achievable goals for yourself to help stay motivated.
- Specific: Ensure you design your goals to be narrow and specific to what you are hoping to accomplish.
- Measurable: Delineate what evidence will tell you your goal has been accomplished.
- Attainable: Make sure your goals can be attained in the time frame you have established for yourself. Be realistic when setting your goals.
- Relevant: Ask yourself if this goal will help you get to your desired outcome. It should line up with your values and objectives.
- Time-based: Set a realistic time frame for reaching your goal.
Writing SMART goals can take some practice but the ensuring your goals meet these criteria will set you up with a greater chance of success.
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