If you haven’t read part one of this three-part series, just scroll down and give it a look. It’s a quick read, and will set the stage for confidence when you’re enacting your goals.
Once you have explored your past experience with goal-setting and are ready to move forward, it’s time to design the first action you will take to get where you want to go.
Envision yourself where you want to be and work backward from there. What is the very first step, no matter how small, to getting to your end goal? This will be your first mini-goal in your journey.
To make sure that the goal you have crafted will stand up the task you’ve set for yourself, there’s an acronym that we use in health coaching. You’ve probably seen this acronym before if you work in Human Resources or project management: it’s SMART.
To evaluate your goal, check to make sure that each of these applies. Your goal should be..
Specific- There is no question as to what should be executed, when, and how.
Measurable- The outcome of the goal is not open to interpretation. Any bystander could evaluate whether or not it was accomplished.
Attainable- It can be achieved with respect to safety, sanity and sustainability.
Relevant- The goal is part of a logical progression of steps leading you to your ultimate objective. It does not sidetrack or derail you.
Time-oriented- There is a finite start and stop period for this goal; it is not open-ended.
If a goal has all of the above features, it is far more likely to be achieved. More importantly, SMART goals progress in intensity and workload, and set a solid foundation for the accomplishment of your ultimate objective.
Health coaching provides structure and guided goal design when you are ready to make lasting changes to your lifestyle. Use the ‘Let’s do this’ page to fill out a request for your complimentary goals assessment.