How are you doing with your SMART Goals? A few months ago, I wrote a blog about setting SMART goals for your self at the beginning of the year. I thought I’d blog on that topic once again since we’re now at the end of the first quarter.
For those that had missed that blog, SMART goals stand for:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
Now, let’s say you set your self some goals, but something happened that just throws a wrench in to your plans. Take my case for example. One of my goals was to lose 15 lbs by my birthday in July. Well, I just found out in January that I’m pregnant. Obviously, that goal is out the window for me this year. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you don’t have to look at it as if you no longer have to have a goal this year. As soon as you find out that you have to scrap primary goal, try to set a “replacement”. In my case, since I can’t lose weight, my goal is to stay within a certain weight limit through my pregnancy. Which means, I would still need to watch what I eat and I would still need to exercise.
It is still very important to keep your eyes on the prize. Once you start accomplishing your goals, you will find that little tasks that used to seem too difficult will no longer be. It’s still pretty early in the year, and perhaps your goals would change again. In these tough times we are all facing, it’s easy to get discouraged. But it is up to you to make yourself feel better about yourself and I can almost guarantee you that goal setting and achieving them, will help get you through and lift your spirits each time.
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