Get SMART About Goal Setting

How To Set GoalsGoal setting can often be an arduous and intimidating process if you have no clue what you are doing. Other times it can reflect a false sense of accomplishment; I’m talking to those people who set the bar so low that goals are guaranteed to be smashed. Often though, if you are like me a *perfectionist* goal setting can also set you up for failure, striving for unattainable goals like going to the gym 7 days per week or unrealistic goals for your circumstances.

I am writing this blog not only to support people out there in search of a healthier lifestyle, but myself. This all came about as I reached for the peanut butter jar and cookies this afternoon to then only feel disappointed that I caved. It came to my attention that I needed to set solid foundations on how I make choices that will effect my wellbeing. 

So here I will explain the art of setting SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Let’s take the following example and tell me which goal will yield a better outcome:

a) To eat more vegetables 

b) To eat at least one cup of vegetables at each lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

You chose option b right? I knew it. Option b gave specifics, 1 cup is measurable, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are specific and timely, but most importantly it is realistic. 

So now you understand the basics of goal setting I want to bring one last thing to your attention; not only do your goals need to be SMART but need to focus on the positive. An example of this is, pretend I said to you “no you cannot have any chocolate today”. How much do you now want chocolate not just today, but right damn now? Restrictive goal setting opposed to open-minded opportunistic goal setting can bring progress to a screeching halt by making you feel trapped or deprived. 

If say,  chocolate really is your weak spot a few goals to set may be to: 

a) Reduce your daily chocolate intake to 1 square per day; 

b) Switch your usual dairy milk chocolate for a 75% cocoa or cacao chocolate; or

c) Ultimately, when chocolate cravings hit, take yourself for a 10 minute walk around the block. 

Just to get you started here are some of my wellbeing goals:

Exercise 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Drink at least 2 x 750ml water bottles per day. 

Eat at least 1 serving of vegetables at each meal (Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner).

When sugar cravings hit, take a 10-15 minute walk to boost endorphins.

Practice meditation 3 times per week. 

Write one blog post every fortnight. 

Have a beautiful week and if what you have read inspires you to set better goals, then please share with your friends so they too can start reaching goals! <3 

The Nourished Blonde

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