It’s that time again! Time for Elaine to take over. If you missed last week Elaine introduced us to her series of posts, click here to check it out. If you are already up to speed, enjoy…. :)
Hello again! I’m excited to report that with 51 comments, several of them de-lurkers, the first post got quite a bit of positive feedback. I think what is most beautiful about that is that this group is committed to not just waking up and living life, but to embracing life, owning your personal outcomes, and continual drive for self-improvement. I read each and every one of the comments and think your goals are great! I look forward to seven more weeks of working toward them with you.
It’s not too late to add a goal of your own or re-assess the goal you already posted! Let’s take a moment to look at what makes a goal worthwhile. Remember that goals without parameters are just dreams! Let’s look at a goal posted by Ami:
My second and easier for me goal is to run faster. I just got a Nike+ for my birthday, so I’m excited to use it to help me come in under 30 minutes when I run my next 5K on Thanksgiving!
Take a moment to reflect on this goal. What’s good about it? What makes Ami likely to succeed?
Goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive. In Ami’s goal, she specifically stated her goal – to run faster. She gave two measurement pieces – using the Nike+ for information and having a goal of a 30 minute 5k. She set a time-sensitive deadline of late November, or about two months away. By using measurement and a deadline, her goal becomes both achievable and realistic. To really solidify this goal, I would recommend adding a second sentence related to action – for example, “To do so, I am going to follow a beginner’s 5k schedule for 8 weeks that I found on Runnersworld.com.” Great job, Ami, for setting a SMART goal!!
And, because it’s always fun to reference a man with a name as cool as Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
If you posted a goal last week, look at it through the lens of SMART and re-post it. How do these parameters help you reach success in your goal? How can you incorporate SMART goals in to other areas of your life? If you didn’t post a goal last week, take a moment to make a SMART goal now. How will you make your life better in the next seven weeks?