Setting SMART goals will help you achieve your wellness visionLast week we looked at creating your wellness vision – getting crystal clear on what you’d feel like, look like and be doing at your optimal level of health and wellbeing, why it’s important to you, where you are now in terms of achieving it, what obstacles could get in your way, and what strengths and resources you can use to help you reach your vision.

This week – the action plan! Now that you know where you’re headed and why, it’s time to set three-month and weekly SMART goals to help you get there.

 

SMART goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-based
  • Realistic
  • Time-lined

Your three-month goals are the behaviours you’d like to be doing consistently in three months time. Why three-months? Well, it’s a long enough timeframe to start noticing results, but not so far into the future that it feels irrelevant or unimportant.

A couple of examples of three-month SMART goals are:

  1. I will walk (at the gym or around the local park) four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after work
  2. I will set aside an hour on a weekday evening (to be scheduled the week before) and a Saturday afternoon to do something just for me e.g. reading, catching up with friends, having a massage or going to a class.
You can easily tell if you’ve achieved these goals and measure progress as you move forward.

Weekly goals help you take small, manageable steps towards your three-month goals. They’re also great for building your confidence in your ability to set and achieve goals.Examples of weekly SMART goals, related to the three-month goals above are:

  1. I will walk (at the gym or around the local park) twice a week on a Monday and Thursday after work
  2. I will set aside an hour on Saturday afternoon to do something something just for me e.g. reading, catching up with friends, having a massage or going to a class.
Tip: write down your goals and keep them where you can see them and refer to them. If you’re a visual person add pictures or photos to help motivate you.

As you find yourself reaching your goals, stretch yourself slightly with more challenging goals. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t completely meet them! It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate what you DID achieve rather than what you didn’t. 

If you find that you’re consistently not meeting your goals, take time to stop and review them: your goal/s may be too ambitious for now, or perhaps you just need to change them a bit, even rewrite them. The important thing is that you’re working towards goals that are important and meaningful to you, and that they move you closer to your wellness vision.

If you’d like some help creating a wellness vision and achieving your goals, read more about wellness coaching or listen to my radio interview.