SMART Way To Achieve Your Goals

It’s January 2019. Does that mean something to you? For some it’s a new beginning, a fresh start. To others it’s just another day. Those who look forward to stellar new beginnings might find that January 1st of each year is exactly what they need. A lot of people use New Years’ Day as the official end of the Christmas season and the start of new or renewed clean eating and exercise goals. The whole “New Year, New You” is what motivates them to start their next 365 days as a new book with fresh, clean pages to fill with their determination and accomplishments.

I too like to look at new beginnings, fresh starts, clean pages and refreshed determination. But do we need a new year to do that, or will any day or time actually work? What’s wrong with today for example? It’s currently Monday at 11:46 am. Isn’t this moment a great moment to start? It absolutely is! Who’s to say that this particular morning, someone woke up feeling like crap. They ate a high sugar breakfast and had a caffeine, sugar and fat loaded latte on their way to work…and still felt like crap. This exact moment might be the “Aha moment” they needed to say, “Starting with lunch I am NOW on a mission to stop feeling bloated, low energy, overweight and exhausted.” They might opt for a salad with lean protein for that lunch, plan a healthy soup for dinner and set a date to go for a walk with their sister in the evening. That’s just a grand of a kick start as New Years’ Day in my books!

Any day and any time is the perfect way to begin, as long as you begin! Yes, for those of us who like the stellar starting point….celebrate it and do everything you can to commit and crush it! For those who are just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, well they can do it on any day or time that the idea sinks in for them.  The whole thing is to do it!  Once started, never lose sight of your goals. Dig deep. Figure out what you truly want, and write them down. As a wish that is thought about is merely a dream, but once written down and dedicated to, it becomes a goal.

The most important part is HOW you do it, and something to consider is the SMART system. Is your goal specific enough?  What exactly is it you want to accomplish? For example, do you want to just lose some weight, or have you got it down to a specific amount of weight or inches?  Is your goal measurable? Use something as a unit of measure here….either weight, inches or percentages work for reducing your body size. Maybe your goal is to exercise 4x/week. That is measureable as well. Is your goal achievable? So many people fall into a trap of setting impossible goals, and then feel they have let themselves down by not completing it. For those who want to run a marathon by spring when they are starting with their first jog ever tomorrow morning….well, that likely isn’t achievable. Start with smaller goals, like a 5km by spring….and work up to that marathon in stages. Is your goal relevant? Not all goals have a high level of relevance, so it only has to be relevant to you. No one else has to get it….but you do, so make sure it truly matters or you’ll end up giving up. Is your goal Timed out? Are you taking this journey to be lean and fit for your wedding in 6 months or your school’s 25th reunion next fall? Pick a goal date you would like to achieve this by. But don’t forget….that date has to be realistic. Don’t expect to accomplish it in 2 weeks, or even 3 months. Always consider the depth of your goal.

Find a source for accountability. Whether it’s scheduling workouts in, a weekly cooking class, or regular food journal check-ins with a friend, sister or nutritionist, make sure you show up! It’s a great way to stay dedicated to your goal. Hire a professional to give you guidance. Whether that’s a certified Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Counselor or Life Coach. They are trained to teach you structure and provide tips on how to understand the concepts surrounding your journey.