Let’s say you want to lose some weight. Until now, your favorite food was chips and pizza and you can’t remember last time you did a single squat. You will most probably join the local gym and start to watch what you eat and the amount of food you eat. You are enthusiastic with your new goal and you manage to keep with this new regime for weeks, month or maybe two. But after a while you slowly return to your old habits and gain back all the weight you lost or even gain more.
I think who ever tried to lose some wight is familiar with this scenario.
But maybe next time you can try a different, smarter approach.
Having your goals written down and with a deadline can give you some extra wind in the back to achieve your goal. It can also help you get a much clearer idea what is it that you actually want.
Each time you try to accomplish something, try to define your goal as:
Specific-you must know exactly what you want; ask yourself what, why, where, who…The most important thing to do – write the goal down! If the goal is not written, it can easily become just a wish.
Measurable- you should be able to see your progress. You must decide how will you measure your success during the process and after your goal is achieved.
Achievable- the results you want to see must be realistic for you. You must honestly answer yourself this question: is this achievable? Do you have available resources?
Relevant – the goal must be relevant to you. If the goal is relevant to your life and your lifestyle, it will be much easier to achieve it.
Time-related- your goal has to have a deadline. This will make the goal more real.
This S.M.A.R.T. method is often used by fitness coaches, business strategies and in personal development. The SMART method helps you keep your motivation high. By keeping records of your progress, you will much easier reach the final point. That is why, for example, when you want to lose weight, taking “before” and “after” photos will keep you motivated to lose those last few kilograms. Often, people are not aware of the progress they already made and the “before” picture will show your brain the evidence.
Also, when your goal is relevant to you and has a personal meaning, you will be much stronger to stick to it, even when you occasionally fail.