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Setting Basic Goals (S.M.A.R.T.)

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Setting Basic Goals (S.M.A.R.T.)

The S.M.A.R.T. Way to Setting Basic Goals
by Dr. Randy

So, last post was about Starting an Activity Program and the four simple guidelines I use to get myself going. I hope that helped you as much as it has helped me getting into an activity routine.  The first guideline I mentioned was setting basic goals.  I have set a goal for myself to obtain over the next 3 months.

When setting a goal you need to pick one, take small steps (objectives) and follow this acronym: SMART –

–       Specific

–       Measurable

–       Acceptable

–       Realistic

–       Time-specific goals

Your goals need to be specific.  A common goal for many people is to lose weight.  That is a great goal but it need to be more “Specific” – I want to lose 15 pounds (note: small steps to greater goals).  That also makes it “Measureable”, you know exactly where you what you are going for. Is the goal “Acceptable”, does it challenge you, something you set yourself and something you can obtain?  That leads into the next part of being “Realistic”. Is it achievable?  This is the most important one to answer – if you already say “No” at this point then you need to start with another goal. Only set goals you truly believe you can achieve within the given “Time” given.

So, there you have it – my goal.  I want to lose 15 pounds in 3 months. What is yours?  Set your goal and we will work on it together.

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