How to set a SMART goal

How to set a SMART goal

Make your goal specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-oriented.

S – Specific

Add detail to your goal by answering who, what, when, and where?

Example: Next Monday and Wednesday (July 12th and 14th), I will walk on my treadmill at 7:00am.

M – Measurable

Quantify your goal by answering how much, how many, how long, and/or how often?

Example: Next week, I will walk on my treadmill two days (Monday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 14th) for 15 minutes from 7:00-7:15am.

A – Action Oriented

Set a goal focused on actions instead of results.

Example: The action in this goal is walking.

R – Realistic

Ask yourself: On a scale of 1-10 (1 = not confident, 10 = extremely confident), how confident am I that I can achieve this goal?

If your confidence level is below a 7, you may want to
re-adjust your goal.

T – Time-oriented

Specify a start date and an end date for your goal.

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