Recently, I told you all about how I need to set some goals in order to accomplish results in fitness. This is important to me, because I really want my family to begin leading a healthier lifestyle. Before deciding what my goals are, however, it’s important to know how to correctly set smart goals.
No matter if you are setting goals for personal relationships, career goals, or a bucket list of things you’d like to experience; you can go about setting goals in the same fashion. Here are the basic steps for getting your goals down:
Establish where you will track your goals:
Ever wrote your goals down on a sheet of paper in a moment of empowerment, only to never look at that page in the notebook again? I have. It’s important to track your goals somewhere easily accessible, that you will regularly see. This will be different for everyone. I putting my goals in my blogging planner, because I know that I’ll use it often.
Use the S.M.A.R.T method to set your goals:
Set long and short term goals:
You’ll have two sets of goals: long term and short term. Set your long term goals first, with time frames further out. Once you have those established; got back and break down each long-term goal into short-term goals you will need to achieve in order to accomplish the overall objective (or long term smart goal).
Get everyone involved!
Goals are for everyone, not just the adults in your family! Get the kids involved in setting their own goals, and share your goals with them as well! A goal chart is a great way to accomplish this. We’ve recently been using the “grow up chart” from The Victoria Chart Company for Cyanne, who will be entering kindergarten this year.
This chart helps her visibility see her short-term goals, and she receives stickers for each one. If she accomplishes the goal that day, she gets a reward. We also set further term goals for rewards. For instance; if she receives 10 stars for eating her food, she get’s a special Starbucks date with mommy! The Victoria Chart Company also has reward charts for younger children, potty training, etc.
Establishing goals is great for your whole family, and teaching children to establish them at a young age sets them up for success later down the road. You’ll also want to set goals for different areas of your life. Your fitness goal will be different than your business goal, and you may even consider family goals too!
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish?
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