In Session 14, I encouraged you to write a goal based on one of the eight life categories and email that goal to me. Let’s take a look at one of these and “tweak” it just a little to make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal
(In order to protect the innocent, I have changed the name of the person who wrote this goal.)
Nancy sent this:
“I am exercising every day, eating fewer desserts, and meeting my health goal by losing 14 pounds by Easter – April 8, 2012.”
There are some good things about this goal and also a few things that need to be fixed.
- It’s written in the present tense. (“I am…”)
- It has a date. (April 8, 2012)
- It’s measurable. (14 pounds)
What we need to fix:
At this point, I sent Nancy these questions and made these comments:
- Exercising everyday? How about making that 4 or 5 days a week. I don’t want you to have a bad day (like we all get), not exercise, and feel like you’ve failed. I guess what I’m really trying to ask is whether everyday is really realistic.
- Fewer desserts? Come up with a number here per week. Like maybe limit it to two desserts a week. That way it’s measurable.
- There are really three goals here: exercise everyday, eat fewer desserts, and lose 14 pounds. I think you real goal is losing 14 pounds.
“By April 8th, 2012, I am losing 14 pounds by exercising five days a week and eating only two desserts a week.”
This is more realistic and puts the emphasis on the goal of losing 14 pounds.
Obviously, the next step for Nancy is to put her goal on a 3×5 card where she can see it each day and then to start tracking it.
(“Nancy!” Would love to see a before and after picture!!! You know who you are!)
In the next post, we’ll look at one more goal, and “fix it” to make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
Have a wonderful day!