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Posted by Chris and Angela Dinnell on December 7, 2020

At this time of year, people traditionally set goals for next year. Do you have something you want to achieve over the coming months? If so, then you’ll have a much better chance of reaching your goal if you make it “SMART”.

SMART is an acronym that refers to the five ingredients of a successful goal: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. It is based on the work of famed management guru Peter Drucker, but the technique is equally applicable to personal goals.

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say your goal is to lose weight.

To make this goal SMART, you would need to make it specific. It can’t be a vague idea but needs to be distinct. For example, lose 7 pounds.

It must be measurable. This means that you need a way to be able to know when the goal is achieved. For example, you can track your weight every week

A goal needs to be achievable. It doesn’t do you any good to set a goal that you could never possibly achieve, like becoming the CEO of a major bank by next week. Instead, find a good program to follow.

Your goal needs to be realistic. Similar to the previous ingredient, this means it has to be something you can believe in so that your mind can support it. You might need to check with your doctor to make sure your weight loss goal is sensible.

Finally, your goal must be time-bound. Goals must have a date attached to make them work or they will simply keep being ahead of you forever and you won’t be able to see any progress, leading to discouragement. For example, set a weight loss goal with a specific weight you’ll be at in six or eight weeks from today.

Studies prove that if your goal is SMART you’ll have a much better chance of achieving it. Good luck!

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