Set SMART Goals for New Year

It is that time of the year again when we start to think about the goals we want to set for ourselves for the New Year. Want to set a goal to lose weight, get fit, eat healthier, or a goal unrelated to health, but do not know where to start? According to Turkay (2014) from Harvard University, “goal setting is the process of establishing an outcome (a goal) to serve as the aim of one’s actions.” Turkay (2014) also mentions there is evidence that shows an increase in success rates of achieving a goal when there is goal setting involved. One goal setting technique is the S.M.A.R.T model, which incorporates the different factors that come into play within our daily lives but also encourages using ideas that are realistic and motivating. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant (or rewarding), and time-bound. By using the S.M.A.R.T. system you can have a solid beginning to your goals for the New Year and build on them throughout the year. Using any goal making technique is a great way to help you make a realistic and attainable goal.

 

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