The annual tradition of setting resolutions with the best of intentions, but probably not the best follow through, is upon us! As you set goals this year, think about the SMART goal technique to set goals that are:
- Specific – Make your goal as specific as possible. The more specific your goal, the more you can define what you need to accomplish.
- Measureable – How will you measure your success? Is your goal a one-time thing or a change in routine?
- Attainable – Is your goal realistic? For example, going from couch potato to marathon runner is not likely to happen (without extensive planning), but going from couch potato to a more active person and a 5k running is possible.
- Relevant – Is your goal relevant? Does it related to your underlying purpose?
- Time Bound – What’s your deadline for accomplishment?