If you are anything like me, you get excited and motivated with the upcoming New Year. There’s a fresh start, a clean canvas, and another chance to accomplish your goals! You have plans to pay off debt, start that business, and lose all of the excess weight that you have been carrying around for once and for all! You see the finish line before you even get started, and you are willing to do whatever it takes to get there!
However, as our great motivational speaker, Mr. Eric Thomas, constantly stresses, one must respect the process! Often times we end up in burnout mode within the first 30 days into the new-year! We become discouraged that we are not getting the instant results that we have been brainwashed to believe we will receive. The real key to your weight loss as well as obtaining any other goal in life is to set SMART goals for yourself.
SMART stands for:
- Specific– Make sure that the goal you are setting is as detailed as possible. The more details you include, the more you are able to break down and accomplish each aspect of your goal.
- Measurable– Be sure that this is a goal that you can track and measure along the way. Keep a journal to record your progress. This will help to keep you motivated and consistent on your journey.
- Achievable– Losing 100 lbs. with in the first month of the year is not only unattainable, but very dangerous! Again, be careful of falling into the pressure of this microwaved society by setting goals that are not realistic. They should be challenging but not impossible. If not, it can lead to discouragement and a desire to quit.
- Relevant– Setting a goal that is relevant to your lifestyle will ensure that you find creative ways to attain your goals. Be sure that you have a clear understanding of how your goal will enhance the overall quality of your life or loved ones. For example, “losing 50 lbs. will allow me the opportunity to play with my children because I will have more energy to be able to run around with them!”
- Time-Bound-Establishing a time limit to reach milestones, example: after 1 week I can complete more sets or increase my intensity. Scheduling assessments and milestones along the journey will help to keep you motivated. This creates a sense of urgency to accomplish the task and keeps you on track.
So, here is an example of a SMART goal that can be set for 2015: “My goal is to lose 50 lbs. by December 31st 2015. I will accomplish this goal by drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day, eating 6 small whole food meals throughout the day. I will alternate cardio and weight training workouts 4-6 days per week. One day I will rest. Having an accountability partner and keeping a food journal will aid in the success of reaching this goal!” So there you have it! Go forth and conquer!
Setting big goals is a great thing! Just be SMART about setting these goals! Stay the course, be patient, and never quit! I look forward to hearing about your success! Now that you have read about SMART Goal Setting and we have discussed the process in class it is time for you to put into practice. You will establish your Career/Education Goals using the Goal Setting Strategy SMART. You are to look into the future a bit, and think about you in college. What is it that you see yourself doing for a career, what is your dream job? Think about your interests and what careers may correlate to those interests? What steps does it take to achieve your career of choice or your dream job?
SMART Goal Setting Specific
(introduces the topic, discusses the question, and has clear main points. Make sure the goal you are setting is as detailed as possible.): The first stop is knowing what you want when Eric Thomas said. You need to know what you want in order to achieve your goals oras in everyday tasks you want that would benefit your career and job choices. So my choice would be to have sustificated time management. To getting me to a career in technology with time management.
(Be sure that this is a goal that you can track and measure along the way. Track or record your progress in some manner.)
My goal would be to improve time management. Is steps as prioritize important things such as things that would help me improve my future and mental state. But as well these have to go with my values as Eric Thomas said know your values. And how they would combined with who you are and what you want. How I would keep track on my improvement is keep notes on everyday things I would do to improve in a journal. And trying new things and stay away from bad things to do in a day to day process which would help my future choices.
(Losing 100 lbs. within the first month of the year is not only unattainable, but very dangerous! Again, be careful of falling into the pressure of this instant results society, by setting goals that are not realistic.)
What my goal by probably the end of several years. Most likely my whole life would be to improve time management anyway possible by learning from mistakes. And taking it slow but not too slow would be as well my goal to bettering my time management. And If I can’t find anything to do to try to get help from other and get their opinion on time management of what they do day to day which would help their time management and sum it up that would help me with improving my time management. But it is all about improving and trying better next time because as Eric Thomas said a quote “I only have 24 hours” and he either said “I can either break my life or make my life” showing it would be picking yourself backup when you failed and retrying and again and again.
(Setting a goal that is relevant to your lifestyle will ensure that you find creative ways to attain your goals.)
How this goal will be relevant would be my schedule. For instance bettering my time management would help my day to day schedule by taking better choices to do in a day. What this will do is build time management skills and with everyday learning could help me with a future job. Such as getting the job done quicker and more efficiently with the task I’ve done or have yet to do and have a well made schedule that would help me complete a tasks such as having everyday goals. So for example a day of improving time management in my day in high school would be wake up, dress up, go to school, learn the material, with this when I have study hall or flex a step of improving my time management would be to finish and study all the work I have to do instead of messing around or playing games. This would the first step to bettering my time management.
This is where you wrap everything together in a nice package with a summary of the above information. (Establish a time limit to reach milestones, example: after 1 week I can complete more sets or increase my intensity.) To say my whole main goal would be to fix my time management skills. As I said in previous paragraphs time is key and I only have 24 hours to do something well in that time or not. What my milestone would be by the end of probably my highschool I would want to have almost mastered time management because with almost mastering time management there will always be room to improve and to learn new experiences.