SMART Goals

by Maddie Drallmeier

With January comes a new year and a time where many are setting New Year’s resolutions! However, many forgo their resolutions rather quickly! Why? Many people do not make SMART goals! SMART is an acronym that is helpful when setting goals:

–       S  = Specific: Come up with a specific goal that you want to achieve this year! Define your goal clearly from the start.
–       M = Measurable: How will you know if you are getting closer to achieving your goal if you don’t have some way to measure it? Plus, seeing the “progress” will act as motivation!
–       A = Achievable: You should set a goal for yourself that you can achieve! Coming up with an unrealistic goal will not only cause you to quit your resolution, but may cause negative stress that will push you even further from your goals.
–       R = Relevant: Why are you setting a certain goal for yourself? Picking a goal that you truly want to see accomplished will serve as additional motivation towards achieving your New Year’s resolution!
–       T = Time: Picking a time frame in which you want you achieve your goal will help you stay organized and will give you a deadline to focus on and work towards.

The SMART method can help you as you set out to achieve your New Year’s resolution. However, the SMART method can be applied to any goal you may have, no matter the time of the year!