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Are you setting SMART goals?

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Are you setting SMART goals?

By Tyler Clouse, EP

Every good health and fitness plan starts with setting goals.  Unfortunately, many of those plans are not successfully completed.  This lack of success is often due to setting goals that are not SMART.

To set a smart goal, follow the guidelines of the SMART method.

S – specific

M – measurable

A – attainable

R – realistic

T – time-bound

The SMART method can be followed in any goals in life that you choose to set for yourself.  Most times when I meet with a patient they have a goal.  For example, some want to lose weight.  For many, this is a great goal.  Now how can we apply it to the SMART method?

Patient Goal: To lose weight

SMART Goal: To lose 60 lbs by January 1, 2018.

Is this goal specific? Yes, the goal is to lose a specific amount of weight.

Is this goal measurable? Yes, the goal is to lose 60 lbs.

Is this goal attainable? Yes, we have learned that patients can safely lose up to 2 lbs per week.

Is this goal realistic? Yes, if the patient makes time for exercise and the proper modifications to their own personal nutrition.

Is this goal time-bound? Yes, the goal is to be completed by January 1, 2018.

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