As I was preparing to set my own goals for this year I looked around to see what a few other people were doing. It was interesting to see the many variations of SMART goals.
A SMART goal is a fantastic tool that helps you set goals that are immune to self sabotage, fear and procrastination. It helps you break down your goals into manageable chunks that are realistic and attainable. An example of a weight loss goal is below.
Ali Brown, founder and CEO of Ali International LLC, referenced adding an energetic aspect to the goal setting process in her podcast and I totally agree with her.
Everything is energy ” the thing(s) you want to manifest” is already here in energetic form and it is your belief and actions that bring it into your experience.
What do you want? A Turn on some inspiring music, take out a pad and pencil and write down all the things that come to mind. Don’t judge or edit, let your imagination run free and just write it down. **Disclaimer: I am sure this goes without saying but of course you don’t want to wish for something like your friend’s spouse or anything that would harm another person just saying.
Now, know that if these desires sprung up in your heart, they were intended for you to experience. So allow yourself to believe that you can be, do, and have them.
Next, take that list and put your items into categories and choose 1 for the activity below.
SMART GOAL PLUS
Smart goals are great but AIM SMART goals are even better. Here’s the short and sweet of it:
A – Acceptable Minimum” – what is the minimum that can be done or that you will accept?
I – Ideal” what is your ideal? If you could have exactly what you want, what would that be?
M – Middle” what is a realistic stretch for you? Take what you can do and stretch yourself. Or what is the middle of your Sonus Complete acceptable and ideal goals?
S – Specific” what specifically do you want? Or what exactly is the first step/action you need to take?
M – Measurable” what is the quality or quantity you want?
A – Achievable” is this goal possible or step/action possible?
R – Reasonable” will you do this? How reasonable is it that you will do this?
T – Time” by when will you reach this goal (entire goal) or complete the first step (not the entire goal)?
- Goal: I want to lose weight. It is too vague; how much weight? By when?
- SMART GOAL. I want to lose 30 lbs in 6 weeks for my High School Reunion.
A – The minimum that I want to lose is 1 lb a week at least.
I – My ideal would be to lose 5 lbs a week.
M – A realistic stretch for me would be 3 lbs a week.
S – Lose 30 lbs
M – In 6 weeks
A – It is possible to lose this much weight with healthy eating and exercise.
R – It is reasonable for me to lose weight because I have excess weight on my body and I will follow through.
T – In 6 weeks by my High School Reunion.
See how easy that is. You can do this will every goal you have including the healthy eating and exercise goals to accompany the weight loss SMART GOAL above. I purposely wrote out the above goal in a simple way but they can be made much more elaborate.