In everything we do in life, there are always goals that we set.  We always have a goal in mind and a plan of action on how we can reach that goal.   

The most effective way of goal setting is definitely the “S.M.A.R.T” way!

S = Specific

Specific is the What, Why, and How of the SMART model

M = Measurable

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!  Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur

A = Attainable

A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you but, they should be defined well enough so that you can achieve them. Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

R = Realistic

The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods (like me!).   Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort!

T = Timely

Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, by end of year. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.  Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.

The smart goal I have set for my e84 challenge is to lose 2% body fat while increasing my lean muscle mass by 4lbs.  I will do this by working out a minimum of 3 days per week, and I will accomplish this goal in 84 days!!  I will be tracking my progress on a bi-weekly basis to ensure I am on track.

What is your first S.M.A.R.T goal?