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Are You SMART ? Part 2 (3)

January 25, 2008

I received many questions about how to use SMART. I will breakdown SMART using the lose weight example.

Specific would be the amount of weight you want to lose or the details of the goal.  The more details you have creates a better picture to your sub-conscious mind
Measurable means your ability to track your results at different stages.
Let’s say the amount was 10 lbs by June 30, 2008 and you decided that you would start Feb 1.  That would be 5 months to lose 10 lbs at a rate of 2 lbs a month.  These are the factors that would determine how you would measure your goal.  The more you can measure the better the chance of succeeding.
Attainable means your ability to reasonable succeed at your goal.  As long as you are willing to adapt a healthy meal plan and exercise you can lose 10 lbs in 5 months, but you can not necessarily start from zero and become a doctor in 5 months.
Relevant means your ability to make the goal your own and challenging.  The only way that we can growth is if we can stretch beyond our abilities.  So to make a goal relevant it must challenge us just a little bit.  If you work out 3 days a week now for 30 minutes and set a goal to workout 3 days for 35 minutes, then you must ask yourself does this new goal stretch me.  If it does, then it is relevant.
So the for the goal of losing 10 lbs the revised SMART version would be as follows . . . .
EX:  I am (insert the amount you will weigh after the 10 is lost) lbs by June 30, 2008.
In the free stuff section is a goal worksheet that you can play around with, if you like.
Hope this clarifies……. let me know, your comments are always welcomed.

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