When you decide to embark on your health journey, keep in mind that you will want to stay on top of your progress, and keep yourself accountable in some way. You may, or may not be familiar with S.M.A.R.T goals, but I highly recommend this tool. The acronym S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, and timely. I have found that when I formulated my goals using this tool, I have been more effective in getting the results I wanted. Even though S.M.A.R.T goals have kept me pointed in the right direction, I have needed a little boost along the way as I adjusted, and managed things. These 3 smart tips may lend a little perspective for you.
We often times find ourselves over zealous, and so anxious to make a positive change that we end up setting ourselves up for failure. Making progress towards the end result is important, and understanding that the change we seek is not going to happen over night.
Okay, so how many times have you eaten something, thoroughly enjoyed the indulgence, but was left feeling guilty. Better yet, have you ever decided to start exercising, and all of a sudden realized it’s been awhile since you hit the gym? I am sure many of you can relate to this experience. The great thing about those experiences is that they have shown us that we are human. It has also hammered home the truth that most change occurs within our own personal process.
With all of this in mind, here are 3 smart tips to support your S.M.A.R.T goals, and keep you moving along your path:
1) Remember that your process is your process. When we see others accomplish things in a certain way, or within a certain time period, it skews our perspective. We think “if he or she did it, so can I.” Yes, getting it done may not be the question. The recipe just may be a little bit different.
2) Give yourself room to breathe. Doing something in a different way, or initiating a lifestyle change is in and of itself not an easy task. Be gentle with yourself as you start your process. When you press,or stress yourself out, you will inevitably sabotage your end result.
3) Get back in the Saddle. When things happen(as they often times do), and throw us off, Keep moving with your goal in sight. We often times come away from that situation with our arsenal strengthened, and even more determined to reach our goals.
As you are managing your S.M.A.R.T goals, please refer to these 3 smart tips for a bit of extra support, and encouragement. Keep it moving!