A SMART goal is defined as one that is specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-dependent. Below is a definition of each of the SMART goal criteria.
- Specific: Goals should be simply written and clearly define what you are going to do.
This is the “What, Why, and How” of the SMART model.
- Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the
goal. You can create a single long term goal, or a series of shorter goal. Choosing to create a series of goal may be preferable as each goal completion brings greater confidence and strength to achieve the next goal.
- Achievable: Goals should be realistic, yet require some effort. You must possess the appropriate knowledge, skills,
and abilities (or be able to obtain those characteristics) needed to achieve the goal.
- Results-focused: Goals should measure discrete outcomes, not activities that result in the outcomes.
- Time-bound: Goals should be linked to a timeframe (deadline). This creates a practical sense of urgency. However, in weight loss goals, using this feature will not enhance success.
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