Smarter Goals


When you want to achieve something the best thing to do is come up with a plan. If you don’t plan the steps you need to take in order to achieve your ambitions or dreams, that’s how they will stay, floating around in the ether with nothing to anchor them to you.  By setting goals you will create a structure around the next few weeks, your goals will help you remain focuses and avoid distractions.


Your goals will help enhance your motivation, and keep track of your achievements, which in turn will enhance your confidence.  By setting a goal for this Operation Transformation, you will learn the skills that will help you achieve your long-term goals, beyond this program.  By following these tips, goal setting can become a much more manageable and rewarding task.



1: Set SMARTER goals.


S – Specific  

Your goals will need to be specific. Do you want to lose weight? How much weight?


M – Measurable 

Your goals need to be measurable, what unit of weight are you going to use? Stone, Pounds, Kilos?


A – Adjustable  

Don’t set your goals in stone. Think of them more as being set in plasticine, they have shape and structure, but they can be squashed and restructured if needs be.


R – Realistic  

Your goal should be challenging but still realistic. While it is possible to drop 3 dress sizes, will it be healthy to do so?


T – Time frame  

This program has given you the ideal time frame. Braking things down into blocks of 8 or 12 weeks makes things much more manageable.


E – Enthusiastic  

Importantly, you need to be enthusiastic about your goal. The prospect of achieving it has to make you excited. You should aim for your goal for yourself and not because of what someone else says or thinks.


R - Recorded

It’s a really good idea to record your goals and record your process goals too. This will help you maintain focus and motivation.


2: Set your big goal.

This is your long-term goal or the main goal you would like to achieve from this program.

This should be something personal to you, something meaningful. The prospect of attaining this goal should make you feel excited and elated. It does not have to match anyone else’s goal. It is yours. You own it. Be as Specific as possible and make sure it is Measurable.



3: Figure out your starting point.

There is no point in trying to achieve something when you don’t know where you’re starting from. It’s also time to be very realistic about where you are starting from, the only person you are kidding is yourself. Where are you compared to where you want to be?


4:  Set process goals.

You should decide on some medium term and short term (process) goals. These goals should also follow the SMARTER principle and should help you on the way to meeting your long-term goal. If you are losing weight, what weight would you like to hit by week 2/4/6 or 3/6/9? These will be your medium-term goals. Your short-term goals should be set by a weekly basis. In terms of weight loss they don’t have to be about the amount of weight you have gone down, they could also include your diet and exercise practice. Everything you do that helps you take a step towards your main or long-term goal is an achievement and you should be proud of it.


5: Recognise the potential road blocks that you might encounter.

It’s important that to take a moment to figure out what might happen that could stop you from achieving your goals. They could be life events such as birthdays, anniversaries, nights out, unexpected work trips, how could you pre-empt them? Knowing that these things might happen, by planning in advance how you will react to them will help them not throw you off the path too far.


By following these tips, you will be able to create a plan that will help you achieve the goal(s) you have set yourself. Don’t forget to share your achievements with family, friends and co-workers on the program. There will be good days and bad days and some weeks will be easier than others.  Have fun with the process and be kind to yourself!



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