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How To Create SMART Resolutions

January 27, 2012

I write a bi-monthly health newsletter for a few of the National Parks in South Eastern Arizona and wanted to share one of my most recent articles that I wrote for January’s issue. I chose to write this article, because like many others I have experienced more than a few failed resolutions in the past. It is my hope that the SMART theory will help you create goals that you will actually remember and possibly even accomplish by the end of 2012. If you decide to follow this theory I would love to see the goals you create on my comments section, seeing others goals is always motivational and I would love to help encourage you along the way! Blessings and Happy New Year!




How To Create SMART Resolutions:

Specific: Your first step is to make your goals specific. To do this correctly you need to answer the questions who, what, where, when, which and why?

For Example:  A broad and overwhelming goal might look something like “Eat Healthy.”

A more attainable and specific goal would look more like, “I will eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables at least 5 days of the week to benefit my health.”

Measurable:  This step is basically an extension of having a specific goal. When making your goal measurable you should be sure to answer questions such as: how many? How much? When will it be accomplished by? When you make your goal measurable you are much more likely to accomplish it because you can mentally and physically keep track of how you are doing and know if you need to work harder to reach your goal. For example, if you want to lose weight go ahead and figure out how many pounds you want to lose and when you plan to lose it by so that you can create a manageable plan to accomplish your goal.

 Attainable: To make your goal attainable be sure that you have the ability and confidence to reach your goal. Setting a goal to run a marathon when you find yourself throwing up after just five minutes of running might be more discouraging than beneficial. Instead of setting your goal so high, start small. For example start out by making your goal to run a 5k and develop a detailed training plan. If you accomplish this goal before the year is up there is nothing stopping you from creating another goal to run a 10k. Creating smaller goals each month that you know you will actually be able to do might be a better method for some.

Realistic: When you are trying to make your goal realistic you need to think about the barriers that have held you back from attaining previous goals. For example, let’s say one of your goals is to stay more physically fit by going to the gym 3 times a week. Staying physically fit is a great goal but what if the gym is an hour away from your home and your busy work schedule already leaves you strapped for time? Obviously this goal will be one of those forgotten come December. Instead of the gym, finding an at home workout routine will probably be a much more realistic option for you and you will still reach your goal of staying physically fit.

Timely/Tangible: Rather than just hoping to accomplish your goal by the end of the year why not set a specific date that you will accomplish your goal by. For example, let’s revisit that 5k you plan to run. To ensure that you will accomplish this goal go ahead and find a 5k in your area and put the date on your calendar. Not only is this goal now timely but it is also tangible. Tangible means that your goal is experienced by one of the five senses. In this case you are using sight when you look at that race date on your calendar. This is also why it is a good idea to make all of your resolutions visible to yourself daily. You are much more likely to accomplish them when they are staring back at you from the mirror every morning because you are constantly being reminded and inspired by what you committed to earlier in the year.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Leah permalink
    January 29, 2012 2:42 AM

    These are the exact specifications I have to use when writing goals for my clients. Good article 🙂

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