Do you remember when you were young and you asked your mom to help you sell Girl Scout cookies so you could earn a badge to sew on to your sash? What was the first thing she’d say? I bet it was a lot like my mom…how many, where, and when does it need to be done by? She was formulating in her head the action plan she was going to need, because your mother knew you were not the one that was going to end up selling those Thin Mints, she was. As grown women, and some now mothers ourselves, we may run the other direction from those cookie-pushing girls in kelley green and their onlooking moms, but we understand the challenge behind their mission of having a goal, creating a plan, and continuing to stay the course until successful. Through life we’ve thought about thousands of goals, wished for an outcome, and maybe most recently, put off taking on the challenge because we’ve not always been successful in the past. The key to good goal writing is to make them S.M.A.R.T.. This acronym is taught to CEOs and small business owners the same, because it encompasses the importance of setting yourself up for success. Learn how to set up any goal you can imaging with these easy steps:
Instead of saying “I’ll workout more this week”, be detailed in your plan. Try something like this, “This week I will workout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6am for 60 minutes”
How do you know if you reached your goal without a number? Rather than saying, “I’m going to eat more veggies” look at the task at hand, what’s realistic, and maybe undershoot a bit. Doesn’t “I’m going to eat 1 cup of chopped veggies with each meal, daily for the next week” help you to create a concise meal plan?
Sometimes we have a big vision and though it may be out of reach, we make it a goal. This is where many of us end in failure. It’s not to say that your vision can’t be achieved in the future, but let’s break it into attainable mini goals. Avoid saying, “I going to lose 50 pounds by the holiday, shoot for, “I will work on losing 15 pounds in the next 3 months at 1 to 1 1/2 pounds each week”. Doesn’t that seem less overwhelming?
This is where we need to give ourselves a wake-up call. Let’s just say that you workout 4 times a week, eat a healthy diet most of the time, and you’re a size 10. Understandably, we are always looking to be at our best, however if your goal is to be a size 2, you may need to get real. Your lifestyle supports your current body size and health status. Being a size 2 would be a drastic change in lifestyle and not one that would be temporary. Can your life maintain that drastic of a change?
You could be at that goal forever without a deadline. Break out the calendar and breakdown how many days or weeks it will take for you to achieve what you want.
Setting goals, no matter what it is, takes time and planning. This is your chance to set yourself up for success and not another failure. Whether its weight loss, living a healthier life, or selling Girl Scout cookies, you’ll be better equip for the task at hand.