How to Set SMART Goals

Currently, I am reading good morning: 365 Positive Ways to Start Your Day by Brook Noel.
I started it January 1st and I've been consistently reading it, following the prompts, and answering questions. It has helped me start the day on the right foot by being more mindful.  I'll pick out the most enlightening or helpful post and share here on (Thoughtful) Thursday.  Positive vibes for one and all!

In case you bought (or already have the book) I'll include the date of the entry so you can follow along.

January 4, 2015

Goals are difficult to accomplish. Maximize your success by making them S.M.A.R.T.
Specific               Vagueness makes goals easy to weasel out of.  For example, if your goal is to "be healthier," what do you mean by that?  Will you accomplish it by joining a crossfit gym?  How often will you go each week?  Or maybe you plan on attaining healthiness by cooking your own meals.  If so, how often? Can you really do that everyday?
Measurable   So you can clearly discern whether or not you've reached the goal.
Attainable       Do you honestly have the resources, time, or energy to reach them within the time frame you've allotted yourself?
Realistic            Think about the long term.  Are you sure you won't burn out if you attempt to go vegetarian, start cycling and pilates, and volunteer every weekend?
Timely                 Have you ever set an end date for your goal?  If your goal does not have a deadline, it's just wishful thinking honey.

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